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17th August 2012, 11:25 AM
I recently installed Fedora 17 on my computer from the live 64bit install cd. My problem showed itself when I tried to log in as root, it does not recognize the password. I wrote it down just so I would hopefully avoid this issue. I'm totally new to linux and am enjoying it sofar. Any assistance is greatfully accepted.

Thanks in advance,

17th August 2012, 11:35 AM
The devs have disabled root login to the gui to prevent new users from making a mistake as root and destroying their system. You should login to your user account and then access root through the terminal when you need authorization. If necessary, most packages will show you a root pop-up when you try to run them.

17th August 2012, 11:42 AM
I believe you are referring to the sudo -i command then?

17th August 2012, 11:50 AM
Yes, if you use the terminal, then typing "su" or "su -" will give you root powers, as will sudo if you've set it up: http://www.mjmwired.net/resources/mjm-fedora-f17.html#sudo

Just as info, some packages, such as gedit, require full root (su -) rather than just giving your user root access (su). If you use 'su -', you'll notice that you've changed directories to root's home (/) and might have to 'cd' (change directory) to get to where you want. If you use 'su', you'll stay in your user directory (/home/username or wherever you were before becoming root).

For those who are just learning to use the terminal, I like to link this page: http://linuxcommand.org/

Also, if you're interested in a ton of threads on this subject and also some guides for those who insist on having root login, simply type "root login" in that Search box up there.