Run as Root

Jonathan McLoughlin jonathan.mcloughlin at
Sat Sep 24 23:33:37 UTC 2005

>From what I gather you want to login to GDM as root
And you dont want to be warned about how much of a bad idea it is to
run a X session as root.
And your established the root account.
Get a terminal up change into root and edit this file /etc/gdm/gdm.conf

and look for this line
Have a guess what you need to change this to?

On 24/09/05, Curtis Seyfried <curtis.seyfried at> wrote:
> Thank you all for your answers. I did sudo and established a root
> password, but I can not login from the login screen as root?
> What I am really trying to do is to create subdirectories in /opt then
> to copy tar files into it and extract and install the apps in /opt
> The various file managers refuse to do so because I do not have
> premission.
> BUT, they do NOT prompt me for su password ?
> I am used to logging on as root when I want to do such stuff, doing all
> of what I need to do, setting premissions for the apps so I can use them
> from my userid, then logging off and re-logging on as my userid.
> When I use Linux RH9 I can just run as the administrator. It is my
> machine, I should be able to do what I want how I want. I know the
> security risks and have used PC's long enough to be able to deal with
> them. MS Windows allows an administrator to run as a user.
> Why does it always have to be so difficult to just run your own
> freestanding machine ?
> I mean I have virus protection, firewall, intrusion detection, and it is
> my box?
> Curtis Seyfried
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