View Full Version : F14 Alpha No root logon access
28th September 2010, 08:56 PM
I need command line access for root account for init 3
but each time I try to login as root I get a invalid account/password message.
If I login as 'me' then su I have access.
what the deal here and can it be fixed?
28th September 2010, 09:11 PM
The user name root and your chosen root password doesn't work? Or what?
28th September 2010, 09:19 PM
In the inittab file I changed default run level from 5 to 3
This is so I can run the nvidia installer for the video cards I have.
when I reboot, I get the login prompt
it won't let the root account to login.
I have to login as 'me' then su to root.
What changed between F11 and now and can it be fixed?
28th September 2010, 09:28 PM
Did you ever modify your gdm and gdm-password files to enable root login? I believe F11 you only needed to change gdm.
28th September 2010, 09:50 PM
I believe that the default lets you log on as root. I routinely log on to Virtual Consoles in Fedora 13 as root.
28th September 2010, 09:59 PM
Both files have been modified to the extent the line that reads auth required pam_succeed_if.so user != root quiet
but I think this modification is to allow root to login under the gnome desktop gui
I still can't login as root at runlevel 3, I have to login using my user account then I can su.
a real pita to have to login in twice if you ask me...
29th September 2010, 01:28 AM
I just tested on a brand new beta install. (On the other hand, I don't have GDM at all, didn't even install X. )
Regardless, I was able to log in as root without problem. Seems like something might be a bit odd. I would think, as you do, that any modifications to gdm would not affect it when booting into runlevel three--I wonder if it's one of those oddities that just happened somehow.
So, you boot up--you get a login prompt. You type root You type root's password.
You get invalid account or invalid password or something similar.
Have you tried resetting root's password? (Probably a waste of time though.)
29th September 2010, 04:44 AM
Don't know if it's related, but I once stumbled on a bug in one of the first Fedora Cores (or was it still Red Hat?) that lead to a similar problem.
Short story: if you are using an international keyboard which has some keys mapped differently (ie. y and z switched the other way around, etc.), don't assume that the keyboard is set properly even when it should be.
Got me wondering for quite a while and I still remember it after all these years :p
29th September 2010, 06:42 PM
somehow the file /etc/securetty had the wrong file permissions 0377, Fedora bug people had me set it to 0600 and I was able to init 3 and logon using the root account.
Now if I can only get dvd and mp3 files to play in any of the several multi media apps I'll be a happy camper.
29th September 2010, 07:51 PM
Have you played with any of the guides linked at the top of the page--as a rule, multimedia does pretty well in Fedora once you add rpmfusion. (Don't know if it's yet available for F14 though).
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