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Old 01-18-2006, 03:10 AM   #1
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Problem with root.

Whenever I try to do anything that requires root privileges, Mandriva pops up a dialog, requiring me to enter the Root Password.

But when I enter the *Correct* Password, it says -- Incorrect Password.

When I try to su - to root from Konsole, I get the following:


[amit@Copperskull ~]$ su -
su: warning: cannot change directory to /root: Permission denied
su: cannot set groups: Operation not permitted
[amit@Copperskull ~]$

Why is that?

Also, some days ago, i started using Mandriva back again. (Before that, everything used to work fine. I simply didn't use Mandriva in the Interim (used another Linux Distro.)

Didn't chmod or chown any folder pertaining to Mandriva (from other distro.)

Then why is this?

I also tried recreating the user, and checked the permissions. It seems to be fine.
Old 01-18-2006, 03:31 AM   #2
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can you show us the output of "ls -ld /root" ?
Old 01-18-2006, 10:50 PM   #3
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[amit@Copperskull ~]$ ls -ld /root
drwx------ 25 root root 1360 Jan 19 10:22 /root/
[amit@Copperskull ~]$

This is it.

Need to change the permissions or what?
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I am having this same problem with Mandrake 10.1. I have not done any other installs. I posted this in another topic on root PW, but thought it might be better suited to this one (much apologies if this is spamming, not my intention):


I am trying to do some configuration on Mandrake 10.1 through my normal user account. It's been several weeks since I worked on learning this system... yes I'm a . I managed to get logged in as Root and reset the PW for my user acct that had 'expired'.

The problem is, when I'm logged into my User Acct, & try to run the configuration console (KDE) it wants Root access and will not accept the root PW. I know the pw is correct, because I keep going back and forth & logging into a root session, but for some reason it won't accept the PW in the user account. (Yes I've checked caps lock, case sensitivity etc.)

I notice that when I enter the PW in the root login dialog box, that KDE encrypts it, but from the User acct it does not... surely that would not make a difference?

Any ideas or suggestions?

Thank you!
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The permissions are right. What are the permissions of the /bin directory. If they are not 755, then change them to that.


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