On 12/07/2011 04:06 PM, pyroclastic wrote:
> i want to make my user acc. a root acc, is that possible?
possible, i do not know… what i do know is that you should never log
into KDE/Gnome/XFCE or any other *nix-like system’s graphical user
interface desktop environment as root…
doing so 1) opens you up to several different security problems if you
(for example) browse the net, 2) too many, far too easy ways to damage
your system no matter how careful your actions (for
example: well documented cases of unintended change of ownership of
~/.ICEauthority and ~/.Xauthority from user to root sometimes occurs),
3) anyway logging into KDE/etc as root is never required to
do any and all administrative duties, 4) and, not even logging in as
root just to see if it works as root is useful, because the “yes” or
“no” learned is almost always totally useless in finding the
problem giving the symptoms…while, logging into the GUI as root to
learn the yes/no could cause the next adverse symptom encountered.
so, always log in as yourself, and “become root” by using a root powered
application (like YaST, File Manager Superuser Mode) or using “su -”,
sudo, kdesu, or gnomesu in a terminal to launch whatever tool is needed
(like Kwrite to edit a config file)…read more on all that here:
additionally: after logging into KDE/Gnome/etc as root, if you
experience problems (for example, with uncommanded file ownership and
permissions changes) and if you can provide us with details of what you
were doing while you were logged in as root, that would help us identify
if there’s a bug that needs to be fixed…thanks for your help…
all of that plus, having two accounts helps protect your machine from
the kind of things (like key loggers, viruses, etc) that plague the
worlds most used desktop.
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