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Old 06-03-2007, 08:16 PM   #1
Urza9814
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[fixed - please delete] Just lost GUI root access


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nevermind, I figured it out.
could some mod delete this? sorry.

I would ask this on mandrivausers.org, but apparently the site is down or something.
Anyways, I seem to be having a quite odd and interesting problem (at least it is to me). Earlier today my root password expired. When that happened, I was no longer able to login as root from any programs running on the GUI (konsole, mcc, etc). I managed to login as root from another shell (or whatever that's called...CTRL-ALT-F1) and change the password from there, but even after a complete system reboot, I still can't get root access from any GUI programs. They all say the password is incorrect, even though it works fine when I'm not in the GUI.

Actually...after checking...it's not that I can't su while in the GUI, it's that I can't su at all.

The one suggestion I've had to try is ensure my user is in the 'wheel' group in /usr/group, which it is. Anyone have any other ideas? This is quite important for me, as I run programs as root on a daily basis.

Last edited by Urza9814; 06-03-2007 at 08:23 PM.
 
Old 06-04-2007, 01:50 AM   #2
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Well, if you have found solution that was not obvious after one minute of thinking, post it here. Maybe someone will be in the same situation again...
 
Old 06-04-2007, 03:36 AM   #3
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Hi and welcome to LQ. Threads do not routinely get deleted here at LQ. If you resolve a problem, please post back the solution so that others can benefit from it. Cheers.
 
Old 06-05-2007, 05:58 AM   #4
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Aight. Well, it was extremely simple to solve once I realized what the actual problem was...I just googled it and it turned out I had screwed up the permissions on the su file. Needed a 'chmod 4755 /bin/su'
 
Old 06-05-2007, 07:43 AM   #5
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Why do users insist on doing that anyhow? Logging on X as root? What on earth for? Does no one remember su?
 
  


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