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Old 08-15-2004, 11:22 PM   #1
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Sorry dumb question - how to start graphical root session in KDE

Hi! I'm really sorry about this question, but I cannot remember for the life of me. I remember one time starting a root session in KDE, it had a red background and all, but I cannot remember how to get it again. I can't believe I forgot and it is probably so obvious. Please tell me! I am trying to install some software and I need to complete these paths the program wants, and I have to make a directory in my bin folder (and it won't let me unless I am root, course). Being the newbie, I don't trust myself doing it all in the terminal (knowing me I'd probably mistype sometime, and then I'd be really sorry!) Anyway, I hope someone can point it out to me.... Thanks!
Old 08-15-2004, 11:35 PM   #2
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just log in as root....

if you're using KDM, and can't log in as root, iirc you can allow root to login via the control center, under sys admin -> login manager

alternatively, you can open a terminal, su to root, then launch konqueror or whatever you need to. or just su then type "mkdir /usr/bin/xxxx" where xxxx is the dir name you want to create....

best not to use root more often than is necessary, of course.
Old 08-16-2004, 03:13 AM   #3
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(knowing me I'd probably mistype sometime, and then I'd be really sorry!)
Actually it's alot easier to bork your system from a gui app as root than it is from a command line. One slip of the mouse and root can delete entire directories or partitions. From a command line you are a little safer, thats why you see the red background when logging in as root. Red means DANGER!
Old 08-16-2004, 05:11 AM   #4
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what is exactly what do you want to do?? create what directory for what ? tell us and we'll give you more advise
Old 08-16-2004, 06:29 AM   #5
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Open a terminal.

$ su -

enter root password.

$ konqueror

This will open konqueror (file manager) with root permissions.

Close it when you're done creating the directory. No need for a root login.


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