[kde-linux] KDE-3 session will not accept my root password

James Richard Tyrer tyrerj at acm.org
Mon Mar 2 20:35:33 UTC 2009

Anne Wilson wrote:
> On Monday 02 March 2009 19:16:37 James Richard Tyrer wrote:
>> Anne Wilson wrote:
>>> No idea, James, but I did have the problem once.  Of course it may be an
>>> entirely different problem in your case.  See whether this helps:
>>> http://www.nabble.com/Can't-give-root-password-under-kde-td20397498.html
>> Thanks.
>> However, I have a slightly different error message.
>> I am starting to think that the problem is with the actual "su" command.
>>   Since I tried to su in a virtual terminal and it didn't work there
>> either.  I can log in as root but I can't log in as a user and then su.
> That's definitely different.  When I had the problem I could not log in as 
> root from the kde login, nor through su, but I could log in as root from a 
> text login.  That's what I had to do to fix it.
Yes, it is another case of horses rather than zebras.  It was just the 
minor problem of the "su" executable.

Note: "su" does need to be installed Set UID, doesn't it?  I was also 
surprised to find that although it is part of "coreutils" that you have 
to copy it manually to install it.


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