Root login in rawhide and display managers

Rahul Sundaram sundaram at
Tue Sep 25 14:24:53 UTC 2007

Bill Crawford wrote:
> On 24/09/2007, David Boles <dgboles at> wrote:
>> What I said the other, and I still feel this way, was that *if* you are
>> the qualified admin of this system you should know how to change the 'no
>> root GUI' default setting to allow root to login with a WM desktop. You
>> should not but you should know how to do this.
> OK, how about making it an install-time option, checked by default?

Piling more options everywhere isn't really a good answer.

> And if one can switch to a VT, login and run "startx" anyway, what's
> the benefit, really, of disallowing root login except to make it
> cosmetically more secure?

The amount of code running as root is significantly less in a VT 
compared to running a entire desktop environment as root user.


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