**For everybody who does not speak Spanish and who did not get the details through some translation machine:
** The OP’s problem:
The OP is not able any more to log into the graphical user interface KDE4 on openSUSE 11.1.
The system is running virtualized on VMware.
The OP states that he did not alter any value and did not any upgrade prior to the last shutdown. He also made clear that he never logged into the GUI as root.
When trying to boot the machine, the system arrives up to runlevel 5 where it asks the username (given by the OP) and the password (also known to the OP). The system then logs in correctly to the OP as user but does not start the X-session with “start-X”. The OP did not refer any error message when this happens.
Instead, when then trying to login as root (from the promt, not from his username) after giving “root” as user to login, the system states “incorrect user name”. The OP states that he knows the correct root password, but that it seems that “root”-user “vanished”.
What the OP desires as solution:
he want to login again to the running KDE4 and fix the problem of root access.
If the system is not reparable, he wants to safe the system and states he has valuable data to backup in:
If you wish to give any input, I can translate it into a (so I think) well understandable Spanish.
I share your view.
The outcome of Malcoms command is not yet know, I would think he lives in Spain. Me I am living in Europe too, so I posted around 5 am because I couldn’t sleep (yeap, happens). So, when he will be back online he will do I guess. On what is backup, he stated that he will simply duplicate the VM so he “can work without hassel”.
He hasn’t stated host OS now. I will ask him. For what I have understood the data he wants to recover is all on the virtual disk.
Let’s ask for type of VM, host system caracteristics. Backup he already stated. Anything else? Thanks for helping.
Pensamos que se puede eventualmente evitar la re-instalación. Todos modos haces un backup. Entonces, cuando has hecho, nos serviría la información siguiente:
Productor y versión de el sistema “host” de tu VM.
Si hemos comprendido bien todos los datos que te sirven están en el mismo disco virtualizado en /home /opt /etc.
Cual es el resultado de
Lol… i live in south america, and i can sleep
Really thanks for all of your help on this thread.
I tried sudo -i commmand and i get the message: “sudo: must be setuid root”
VMWare runs on a Windows XP64.
And yes… I have data on /etc /home and /opt , ( mysql databases and apache tomcat apps are most important things )
Boot this system from a live cd, then mount the root partition in /mnt and post contents of /mnt/etc/passwd .
Let’s think, could we get this alive by chrooting to the installed system, mounting /proc and /sys, and run ‘passwd root’ ?
mh@susevirtualPV:~> su -l
su: no se puede establecer el grupo: Operación no permitida
mh@susevirtualPV:~> ls -l /usr/bin/sudo
-rwxrwxrwx 1 root root 152716 dic 3 2008 /usr/bin/sudo
I didnt install anything, and the other people of here says “i didn´t touch !!!” ( no les creo nada igual )
He leido que por otros systemas de linux, cuando se presenta el problema como el tuio la solution seria:
Hacer partir el sistema con un disco “life” (preferiblemente 11.1 ya que tienes este sistema instalado.
yes… as you said.
All content in /etc directory is 777 !!! /bin too :S
Definitely … someone has playing here with chmod !!!
Most directories have this situation i saw… except a few like /sys /dev
YUK!!! If possible, can you get a replacement drive and do a
re-install? Then you can mount the corrupt drive and copy/fix the files
you need, you could also check the logs etc to see when it occurred
Cheers Malcolm °¿° (Linux Counter #276890)
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