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Old 01-03-2004, 01:21 PM   #1
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Cannot boot in root???

I,ve installed linux mandrake 9.1 on my laptop and when the pc boot there is a screen with the choice of users to boot with, but no root user or a place to write that i want to boot in root?

I know that i'm a n00b...but if somebody could help me...
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I don't know which login manager you're using,
or why you don't have the choice to type the
userid ... but you don't want to be root in the
first place, so it's probably a good thing.

Old 01-03-2004, 02:16 PM   #3
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i'm using LILO with graphical interface

and if i'm not mistaken some programs have to be installed in root no?
Old 01-03-2004, 02:51 PM   #4
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Yes. Programs are installed in root. You don't need to be logged in as root to install them, though. In your regular user, if you open a terminal (Administer your system -> Open a terminal simulator) or something like that, you can type


you will be asked for the root password. After that, you will be able to type any command as root, including make install or rpm -ivh yourfile (which are the ways to install your software)

Hope this helped you a bit

And, if you still want to login as root... what I did when I used mandrake was to press Ctrl + F1 , then login as root and then I typed


And I think that's it. However, I only did it for test purposes. Running a graphical environment as root is very dangerous, for any malicious user could gain access to your computer and do anything he wants. If you are not sure about what to do and what not to do, you could cause trouble to yourself, too, deleting things you might not want to, etc.

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