Saturday, August 1, 2009

GUI Root Login Problem in Fedora-11

For the first time when i download Fedora-11 from the internet that was for "Live User" so after installation i try to login as a root from GUI so i was unable as it show "Unable to Authenticate User" so i thought may be it is not allowed for live user, but yesterday i installed the full version of Fedora-11 but still i was unable to login as root through GUI although i can from terminal so after some goggling i found that Fedora-11 by default doesn't allow someone to login as root through GUI. Instead you have to login as a normal user and become root through your terminal. However many users still want to login as root like me. Don't forget that once you login as root its easier to damage your system so don't do the following unless you are sure what you are doing.
Before doing any change just take backup of the file

$ cp /etc/pam.d/gdm /root

Step # 1

$ su -c 'gedit /etc/pam.d/gdm'

or

$ su

$ vi /etc/pam.d/gdm


Here in this file find the following line,

auth required pam_succeed_if.so user != root quiet

either delete or comment it better comment it

#auth required pam_succeed_if.so user != root quiet

Save the file and logout.

Step # 2

Do the same for /etc/pam.d/gdm-password

$ su -c 'gedit /etc/pam.d/gdm-password'

or

$ su

$ vi /etc/pam.d/gdm-password


Here in this file find the following line,

auth required pam_succeed_if.so user != root quiet

either delete or comment it better comment it

#auth required pam_succeed_if.so user != root quiet

Save the file and logout.

After this i was able to login successfully as a root through GUI.

17 comments:

nayyares said...

nice finding...

Javed Iqbal said...

Good effort Sohail keep it up.
Javed

Khush Dil Khan said...

well done buddy
its nice to get information of such unfamiliar things

Anonymous said...

Hi

thanks
you saved my day
my best
mario

ps I knew about the first file, from F10. Is the gdm-password something new?

Gulbarga Hero said...

Oh thnaks,
Now going to try now

Nyla said...

gr8 finding....thanks for the info

SOHAIL AKHTAR said...

Hello gulbarga

Best of Luck :)

Cheers

SOHAIL AKHTAR said...

Nyla

U r welcome :)

Sachin Patel said...

Thxxxx.............Sohail
Its work thanks so Much

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