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  1. #1
    Lee NNTP User

    Default Corrupt Root Account?

    How can I resolve this issue? When I attempt to login as root on my open suse 10.3 box the screen flashes and returns me back to the login screen. My password is correct. Any ideas?

    Thanks for the help!

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    ab@novell.com NNTP User

    Default Re: Corrupt Root Account?

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    I assume this is via the GUI.... can you login to the command line?

    Ctrl+Alt+F2
    then login with your credentials.

    Do other users work? If so can you go in and then 'su' to 'root' to
    clean things up?

    Good luck.





    Lee wrote:
    | How can I resolve this issue? When I attempt to login as root on my
    | open suse 10.3 box the screen flashes and returns me back to the login
    | screen. My password is correct. Any ideas?
    |
    | Thanks for the help!
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    Default Re: Corrupt Root Account?

    > When I attempt to login as root on my open suse
    > 10.3 box the screen flashes and returns me back to the login screen.


    hi, when i was first starting in Linux, i had gray haired old man who
    used to administer an IBM Main Frame bigger than my house tell me to
    never ever log into a Linux windowed session as root...EVER....NEVER EVER...

    there are about a million ways to mess up your machine that way..

    he said ALWAYS sign in as a regular user...and, then if you (for
    example) need to do something as root, in (say) kate, kwrite, konqueror
    or whatever, just open an xterminal, and type

    sudo kate (for example) and then give your root password

    AND do NOT forget you are running it as root....AS SOON as you are
    finished with the root level work, CLOSE that thing you just opened!!!

    believe it!

    --
    DenverD (Linux Counter 282315)
    A Texan in Denmark

  4. #4
    Lee NNTP User

    Default Re: Corrupt Root Account?

    Sorry, Yes via GUI.

    Ctrl+Alt+F2 works as root. and yes others can login via GUI fine.

    How do I clean things up?

    Thanks for the help!
    >>>

    From: ab@novell.com<ab@novell.com>
    Topensuse.org.help.install-boot-login
    Date: 7/9/2008 12:35 PM
    Subject: Re: Corrupt Root Account?
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    I assume this is via the GUI.... can you login to the command line?

    Ctrl+Alt+F2
    then login with your credentials.

    Do other users work? If so can you go in and then 'su' to 'root' to
    clean things up?

    Good luck.





    Lee wrote:
    | How can I resolve this issue? When I attempt to login as root on my
    | open suse 10.3 box the screen flashes and returns me back to the login
    | screen. My password is correct. Any ideas?
    |
    | Thanks for the help!
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  5. #5
    Lee NNTP User

    Default Re: Corrupt Root Account?

    Totally agree Denver. I wanted to get in there to change the password of the root account. I know you can do it other ways but I really wanted to make sure you could login etc if we ever needed to etc...

    Thanks for the advice!
    Lee

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    From: DenverD<spam.trap@Texan.dk>
    Topensuse.org.help.install-boot-login
    Date: 7/9/2008 2:19 PM
    Subject: Re: Corrupt Root Account?
    > When I attempt to login as root on my open suse
    > 10.3 box the screen flashes and returns me back to the login screen.


    hi, when i was first starting in Linux, i had gray haired old man who
    used to administer an IBM Main Frame bigger than my house tell me to
    never ever log into a Linux windowed session as root...EVER....NEVER EVER...

    there are about a million ways to mess up your machine that way..

    he said ALWAYS sign in as a regular user...and, then if you (for
    example) need to do something as root, in (say) kate, kwrite, konqueror
    or whatever, just open an xterminal, and type

    sudo kate (for example) and then give your root password

    AND do NOT forget you are running it as root....AS SOON as you are
    finished with the root level work, CLOSE that thing you just opened!!!

    believe it!

    --
    DenverD (Linux Counter 282315)
    A Texan in Denmark

  6. #6
    ab@novell.com NNTP User

    Default Re: Corrupt Root Account?

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    A couple things... first, if you have Gnome and KDE installed and are
    just using one currently perhaps try the other. Otherwise in your home
    directory (`la ~`) you should see several directories starting with '.'
    that mention 'gnome'. Try renaming these with the 'mv' command to
    something else and then try again in case it's a configuration issue
    (likely at this point since other users work).

    Good luck.






    Lee wrote:
    | Sorry, Yes via GUI.
    | Ctrl+Alt+F2 works as root. and yes others can login via GUI fine.
    |
    | How do I clean things up?
    |
    | Thanks for the help!
    | >>>
    | *From: * ab@novell.com<ab@novell.com>
    | *To:* opensuse.org.help.install-boot-login
    | *Date: * 7/9/2008 12:35 PM
    | *Subject: * Re: Corrupt Root Account?
    |
    | I assume this is via the GUI.... can you login to the command line?
    |
    | Ctrl+Alt+F2
    | then login with your credentials.
    |
    | Do other users work? If so can you go in and then 'su' to 'root' to
    | clean things up?
    |
    | Good luck.
    |
    |
    |
    |
    |
    | Lee wrote:
    | | How can I resolve this issue? When I attempt to login as root on my
    | | open suse 10.3 box the screen flashes and returns me back to the login
    | | screen. My password is correct. Any ideas?
    | |
    | | Thanks for the help!
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  7. #7

    Default Re: Corrupt Root Account?

    If you need root power for a program use kdesu

    gnome has an equivalent too

    kdesu firefox

    would open up window asking for root access and your password for firefox, as an example.

    then when you are done with root privileges for the program, as was said, close the program.

  8. #8
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    Default Re: Corrupt Root Account?

    > kdesu

    HOT DANG!! i'd never heard of it before....THANKS!!!

    --
    DenverD (Linux Counter 282315)
    A Texan in Denmark

  9. #9

    Default Re: Corrupt Root Account?

    Corrupt? Like, it was bribed? (scnr)

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