Root login in rawhide and display managers

Denis Leroy denis at
Wed Sep 19 12:49:19 UTC 2007

Rahul Sundaram wrote:
> Denis Leroy wrote:
>> Rahul Sundaram wrote:
>>> Denis Leroy wrote:
>>>> Rahul Sundaram wrote:
>>>>> since there isn't normally a reason to do that
>>>> I beg to differ here, that are many scenarios where the security 
>>>> issues are irrelevant. I see such systems on a daily basis here at 
>>>> work.
>>> You snipped out the later part of my mail. If security concerns are 
>>> irrelevant, just turn on the option to enable root login just like 
>>> you are free to turn off the firewall or SELinux.
>> Is that an anaconda option ? Obviously it's impossible to run gdmsetup 
>> since one can't login as root :-)
> Why would it be impossible? Anaconda allows to set a root password and 
> first boot asks for setting up a normal user. Login via the normal user 
> and use su to run gdmsetup or switch to a virtual terminal and login as 
> root.

Creating a normal user is not mandatory in anaconda (as it should be).

Maybe anaconda should only enable the option if no normal users were 
creating during installation ? The idea here is to avoid a scenario 
where after a successful X installation you just can't login into the 

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