Root login in rawhide and display managers

David Boles dgboles at
Fri Sep 21 19:08:42 UTC 2007

on 9/21/2007 2:26 PM, Richi Plana wrote:
> On Fri, 2007-09-21 at 14:18 -0400, jam at wrote:
>> On Fri, Sep 21, 2007 at 11:33:53AM -0400, David Boles wrote:
>>> To say it once more.
>>> I think it is a good thing to *not* allow, by default, root GUI logins.
>>> Those that want to do that can enable it. Those that can not figure out
>>> how to enable it probably should not be doing it anyway.
>>> -- 
>>>   David
>> I agree. +1.
> I agree, as well. The important thing is for users to have access to GUI
> applications that would allow them to do their admin work. A lot of that
> is accomplished by accessing the same apps from System->Administration
> and authenticating themselves, or "su -"'ing from a terminal and
> executing X applications from there. They don't need a whole X session
> to achieve their goal of administering the machine.
> If they really want an X session as root for other reasons, then they
> can log on a console VT and "startx :1".
> But again, if root must be allowed to start an X session from gdm as
> policy, then let it be a stripped down session.

The stripped down session that you propose would be ok. But then you will
start a 'flame' about just what this session should contain.  ;-)



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