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    Default Problem with Graphic Interface in Root

    Help Please.
    I have done something stupid and lost the KDE graphic interface in root.
    Everything works perfectly for the default user but when I start a new session as root all I get is the standard green Suse backdrop with a white terminal window in the top left hand corner of the screen.
    Can anyone please tell me what I need to type in this terminal window to get back to the graphics window?

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    Default Re: Problem with Graphic Interface in Root

    Don't run a desktop as root. Log out and log in as normal user. Then use dolphin as root, or 'su -', or 'sudo'

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    palladium NNTP User

    Default Re: Problem with Graphic Interface in Root

    you should *never* log into the Gnome GUI as root...why, because it
    screws stuff up....royal..

    and, it is never required to perform and/all admin functions!

    i have no idea how to fix what you have done to it by logging into the
    GUI as root..

    yes, i know....over in that OS made by Redmond everyone does it....and
    some do here, and eventually they screw up their system too...just
    like most do in Redmond land..

    read more about it here:
    http://en.opensuse.org/SDB:Login_as_root
    http://docs.kde.org/stable/en/kdebas...uide/root.html
    http://tinyurl.com/6ry6yd
    http://tinyurl.com/ydbwssh

    really, i have no idea how to even begin to repair the damage....good
    luck....well, you might TRY booting from the install DVD and select
    "Repair Installed System"...but NEVER log into the GUI as root *even*
    just to see if it got fixed...

    -=good luck=-

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    palladium

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    Default Re: Problem with Graphic Interface in Root

    Running sessions as root is a seriously bad idea, you'd best not do that.

    Instead, use the following:
    - In a konsole window, enter su, hit Enter and input your root password to get a root permissions.
    - For gui apps, right-click on the desktop and select "Run command". Enter kdesu followed by the application name, e.g. kdesu dolphin, to run run the application with root permissions.
    OpenSuse 11.2 x64 + Kde 4.4.2 Release 234

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    When you start a new session, from the kdm go to menu and select KDE and
    DON'T USE THE ROOT GUI

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    > - In a konsole window, enter su, hit Enter and input your root password
    > to get a root permissions.

    NO, use 'su -', you don't know what the actual user have and its better
    to load all the root environment


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    Default Re: Problem with Graphic Interface in Root

    Quote Originally Posted by VampirD View Post
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    > - In a konsole window, enter su, hit Enter and input your root password
    > to get a root permissions.

    NO, use 'su -', you don't know what the actual user have and its better
    to load all the root environment


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    Tanks VampirD!

    Use
    Code:
    su -
    and not plain su. I am not going to explain it again. Search in the Forums for elaborate discussions or simply read
    Code:
    man su
    an meditate over it to grab the implications.
    Henk van Velden

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    Default Re: Problem with Graphic Interface in Root

    Many thanks for your replies and I hear what you are saying.
    Because I am totally incapable of remembering commands etc which must be used in terminal I need a gui that I can use when necessary.
    Thanks to Tokugawa-Ieyasu I now have an alternative to using root which I shall use from now on.
    (Just as a matter of interest I have been making use of the root gui, when necessary, from SUSE 9.0 up to SUSE 11.2 before coming to grief!)
    I would however like to return the root gui to normal if it was possible without having to, as a last resort, do a new install.

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