9 thoughts on “Howto: Login as a root from GUI on Fedora 17 Beefy Miracle”

  1. hello…

    when i open file gdm-password in editor i unable to make changes in that file.

    i am tring in root. please help us.

  2. Thanks a lot. This really helps a lot. Now I can copy files to the restricted permission folders from the GUI itself. 🙂

  3. On my installation, the GDM file was not present. I installed from the Live OS. Simply editing the gdm-password file and commenting out the auth required pam_succeed_if.so user != root quiet line did the trick.

  4. Hello Ashley,

    Thanks for your info and thanks for sharing the way which worked for you,

    But I would like to tell you that after receiving your comment i have checked once again and it is working fine. without gdm.

    I would request you to test it once again and let me know still if that doesn’t works for you.

  5. You have to edit the /ect/pam.d/gdm and /etc/pam.d/gdm-password files by commenting out “auth required pam_succeed_if.so user != root quiet” which will look like:”# auth required pam_succeed_if.so user != root quiet”.

    My system did not have a /etc/pam.d/gdm file so I had to create one by copiying the file from a Fedora 16 installation.

    When I only edited the /etc/pam.d/gdm-password file I could login as root from the GUI GDM screem. The desktop loaded slowly and when loged out and tried bto log back into the user account it would not login.

    Having both the /etc/pam.d/gdm and /etc/pam.d/gdm-password files edited is necessary. the gdm file is not there create it.

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