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    Default How Remove Drives on Desktop & Show Root as User for Login?

    Two problems that I would welcome some assistance on (using 11.2/Gnome):

    1. Some unwanted partitions appear as drives on the desktop. I used Yast-Partitioner to specify "do not mount", but they still appear after rebooting. FSTAB and MTAB do not have entries for these partitions, so where are they coming from?

    2. Normal users show up in the login list (GDM) when I logout/login again, but I'd like root to also show up. How do? Second, like KDE, is there a "select last login user as default, and position cursor on password field" option/capability somewhere in Gnome's config files?

    Thanks in advance.

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    Default Re: How Remove Drives on Desktop & Show Root as User for Log

    Ad 1. In gconf-editor go to apps->nautilus->desktop and switch off volumes_visible

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    Default Re: How Remove Drives on Desktop & Show Root as User for Log

    At 2): of course root is not in the list because root should never log in.
    SDB:Login as root - openSUSE
    Henk van Velden

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    Default Re: How Remove Drives on Desktop & Show Root as User for Login?

    > 2. Normal users show up in the login list (GDM) when I logout/login
    > again, but I'd like root to also show up. How do? Second, like KDE, is
    > there a "select last login user as default, and position cursor on
    > password field" option/capability somewhere in Gnome's config files?


    root is left off of that sign up screen on purpose, to make it a
    little more difficult than it would be otherwise, because it is best
    to not log into the GUI desktop as root....it is a security risk, a
    great what to accidentally mess up your system and never required...

    i never do and i've used Linux almost 10 years..

    instead, always sign in as a regular user and "become root" in a
    terminal or by using the root powered tools (like YaST) especially
    designed for such use..

    read more of the what and *why* here:
    http://en.opensuse.org/SDB:Login_as_root
    http://docs.kde.org/stable/en/kdebas...uide/root.html
    http://tinyurl.com/6ry6yd

    ps: i have no idea how to answer your Q1.

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    Default Re: How Remove Drives on Desktop & Show Root as User for Log

    That's strange. I re-read my original post, and nowhere did I ask for reasons NOT to log on as root.

    Look, maybe I have a "root logon" Death Wish, OK? I WANT to log on as root, as I have for the past 25 years on various systems (without problem), and to make it as easy as possible ... thus my original (two-part) Question Two. Thanks, BTW, for the clear answer for Question One.

    If you don't know how, then fine, and thanks for thinking of me. But the original query remains unanswered, quote:

    "2. Normal users show up in the login list (GDM) when I logout/login again, but I'd like root to also show up. How do? Second, like KDE, is there a "select last login user as default, and position cursor on password field" option/capability somewhere in Gnome's config files?"

    Thanks, again, in advance.

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    The underlying fact we are all afraid to admit to you is, that nobody of us ever had the deathwish, so we simply do not know it. Sigh, what a confession
    Henk van Velden

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    Default Re: How Remove Drives on Desktop & Show Root as User for Login?

    sorenson2743 wrote:
    > That's strange. I re-read my original post, and nowhere did I ask for
    > reasons NOT to log on as root.


    using the same level of "smart remark" i reread your original post an
    missed the fact that you are so smart you should be able to figure it
    out on your own..


    > "2. Normal users show up in the login list (GDM) when I logout/login
    > again, but I'd like root to also show up.


    but, i will give you a hint:

    i guess your path to self-destruction probably begins with something
    to click on from the menu: like "YaST", or "Control Center" or at the
    command line as 'systemsettings'..

    if you don't find happiness there, maybe just log into your GNOME as
    root and rummage/browse around in /etc/gdm, /boot/grub, /etc/kde* and
    maybe several others..

    truth is i'm too stupid to know the answer, sorry..

    but, if i did i wouldn't put it here for someone less smart than you
    to try to use...(and, i wouldn't give a belt loaded, cocked and ready
    50 cal to someone with 25 years experience with various single shot
    ..22s) ymmv

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