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Old 09-03-2008, 03:29 PM   #1
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Root permissions/ passwords

I have installed Knoppix on my hard drive . I wish to configure dialup with wvdial on my external modem. To do this I need root permission /password . I have tried to gain permission /password with a live CD without success. How do I gain root/administration permission on Knoppix please.Using "Root shell" or "root password" in the menu brings the message "su error"
Old 09-03-2008, 03:35 PM   #2
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I believe you can simply use sudo:

sudo root_priv_command
if you want to always be root:

sudo passwd root
then 'su' & use the password you gave above.
Old 09-03-2008, 09:10 PM   #3
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I think that the first regular user is automatically added to the wheel group. You can use "sudo <command>" to run a command as root. If you will have several consecutive commands to run as root, you could try "sudo /bin/bash -l" to launch a root shell.

To simply edit a file on /etc, you can do something like "sudo vim /etc/wvdial.conf" or "gnomesu gedit /etc/wvdial.conf".

I use KDE, so I could hit [CLTRL]-[F2] to launch the run dialog and enter "kdesu kate <filename>".


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