root has less menus

Tony Arnold tony.arnold at
Wed Jun 7 18:43:49 UTC 2006

On Wed, 2006-06-07 at 10:41 -0400, ubuntu at wrote:
> Daniel Carrera wrote:
> > Mehdi Hassanpour wrote:
> >> I've enabled root user for login to Gnome but why root has less menus
> >> than the admin user ?
> > 
> > Why do you need to login to Gnome as root? Don't.
> > 
> I've found it useful to do so on occasion.  I have my /home partition as
> an encrypted loopfs.  Every now and then I like to back it up, which
> means unmounting/unlooping, which means I need to login without /home.
> It's much easier to simply login as root to X than go through the hassle
> of changing the runlevel and rebooting...

What's wrong with hitting control-alt-f1 and logging into the console?
The argument isn't about using the root account, but about logging into
Gnome as root.

> Then there was my earlier problem where the clock was an hour and a half
> off and sudo ceased to function until I either waited a couple of hours
> or reboot the system...

Again it's easier with a root account, but don't do it in Gnome. Use the

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