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How to login with root password

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Hi,

if I am in GNOME Fedora 5, and I have locked the screen, then it used to be that I can enter the root password and login. Not anymore. Is there a setting I can change?

Thank you.
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Often you can Ctrl-Alt-F1 to F7 and access a command prompt. From that login, and kill the locking process. Alternatively, you can ssh to the system in many cases and gain control of the session that way.

You may have Caps Lock on?

That's all I can think of. As far as I'm aware, xlock *should* still accept the root login and associated passwd. I can't find anything to say that this has changed.

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by:kerzner
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I mean lock screen.

It does not later you enter root/password, but only asks for a password for the user who locked it.

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by:pjedmond
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Also worth noting that the screensaver is different in FC5 - It is now gnome-screensaver. I think that it used to be xlock, so the behaviour is likely to have changed.

HTH:)
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Yep - you can't do it. A proposal has been put forward for the screen to be unlocked with the root password, but this is unlikely ever to be done. Here is a discussion of the reasons -

http://mail.gnome.org/archives/desktop-devel-list/2005-October/msg00320.html

Basically, the argument revolves around the security implications that this would create if the normal user was remotely logged into another remote PC or system. However, this doesn't stop you attempting the aforementioned suggestions.

HTH:)
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..and another excellent point:

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> Typing the root password into gnome-screensaver (when a non-root user is
> logged in) should not do anything special at all, because the
> administrator has no way of knowing that the "unlock dialog" isn't
> really a trojan horse being run by the logged-in user, and so we really
> shouldn't give him any reason to type the root password into it.
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