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Old 06-07-2004, 12:35 PM   #1
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Loggin into my GUI as root user

As you can guess I am a Linux newbee. I have recently installed Mandrake 10.0, which is by the way an excellent version!

When I was asked if I wanted to auto login a single user I said "yes". Subsequently, there have been times that I needed to be the 'root' user to have full permissions to transfer files to my /usr/bin/ directories, and so on.

My question is, can I now create a login for root? I have tried doing this in the KDE/Mandrake interface, but I keep getting the "root is already a user" type of message.

If I cannot do this, how can I allow the only user - me - permisssion to copy or move files as I described above?
Old 06-07-2004, 12:39 PM   #2
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root is a user by default. You can become root by opening a terminal and run
su -
where you will be prompted for the root password that you wrote down during installation. You do remember that password, don't you? You can also run
kdesu [program]
where you will get a GUI pop-up asking for root password.
Old 06-07-2004, 02:43 PM   #3
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you still can do it. i just installed my ATI drivers, got them to work but i still need to tweak them more.

now i just get the traditional linux boot screen. after i log in i type startx. so if i wanted to use the GUI as root i can do that.

however the su command will benifit you more, infact i havnt even really loged on as root in the GUI
Old 06-07-2004, 03:11 PM   #4
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I think what you are looking for, that is if you want to use the GUI as root is the following:

In Mandrake 10:
System > Configuration > Configure your Computer >
Enter Root Password
Select "Boot" icon > Select "Autologin" Icon
From here it's easy. You will notice you have the option"Launch GUI at system start", uncheck that.

The next time your system starts it will bring you to the text login. Enter "root" , <enter>, Root's password. Once acknowledged type "startx", this will lauch the GUI as root.

You can also login as yourself and start x.

Mandrake will not allow, as far as I know (very little), root to autologin ever, so its safe. Hope that helps.

Last edited by askjeffro; 06-07-2004 at 05:13 PM.
Old 06-07-2004, 03:39 PM   #5
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Please note that it is not the best idea to auto-login as root every time just as an added sanity check before you accidentally delete some file or whatever.

One handy shortcut I've found is the "-c" option for su that allows you to provide the command that you wish to execute as root and logs root out after the command is done.

su -c '<command_to_execute>'
Old 06-08-2004, 10:25 AM   #6
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Smile A work around for my problem

I made myself a little work around that accomplished what I needed to do: copy a file from my download/unarchive folder to my /usr/bin/ folder using the GUI File Manager. Here is what I did.


I then selected the file manager that uses the funky looking 'M' icon (It runs sort of like a FTP) I can't remember the program name right now and I'm not at home on my system to look - Sorry! In the settings for that program I told it that it should allow 'root' to use it.

When I launched the program it allowed me to copy the files I wanted to put in /usr/bin/ right where I needed them.

The neat thing I can see in linux (and I'm just barely scratching the surface I know) is that there is always more than one way to skin a cat!
Old 06-08-2004, 11:18 AM   #7
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For me, I just log off and log back in. Takes like 2 seconds.

Then when the login screen comes up, it'll ask for a username and I just type in 'root' and enter my 'root' password. It's like I'm using Windows XP!


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