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Re: [SLE] Can´t log in as root HELP?
  • From: "Hylton Conacher(ZR1HPC)" <hylton@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 19 Sep 2006 15:24:23 +0000 (UTC)
  • Message-id: <451001BA.2030004@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Peo Nilsson wrote:
Hi list!

I was told that I´t wasn´t good to alow root logins (I´m new to Suse).
I then used YAST to click ~"don´t alow root logins" thinking I would be
able to "su" when I needed to be root.
I then found out that "su" doesn´t work so I tried "sudo" instead, but that doesn´t work either.

Is there any way for me to enter my current system as root now/again?
When you used su to be root what was the exact command you issued as there are two, both with different results. Both

Plain 'su' or 'su root' when you are a user will ask you for the root password and change your command prompt fro a $ to a #. However the path used will still be the same as the user you are su'ing from ie it will not include the locations root needs to execute commands.

If you do 'su -' it will again ask for the root password and change your coammnd prompt from a $ to a #. Now however, because of the dash, you are using roots path anf therefore the root programs you try and execute will work as they are able to access the required libraries they need fro the locations listed in the PATH.

For more reading, please see 'info su'.


Currently using unpatched SuSE 9.2 Professional with KDE and Mozilla 1.7.2
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