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

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

I would ask this on, 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'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.

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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'
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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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