Can not run Programs that Require Root Access

Ashley Pritchard linuxpen at
Wed Jun 27 16:29:07 UTC 2007

if I was entering my root passwork incorrectly the dialogue would just go
away & reappear asking for the root password again. In this case I enter my
root password correctly & the dialog disapears & does not come back.
Alternatively if my root authentication was failing in the terminal it would
not see: [root at localhost awp]# which shows that I am loged in as root from
my user account.

On 6/27/07, Tim <ignored_mailbox at> wrote:
> On Wed, 2007-06-27 at 00:28 -0700, Ashley Pritchard wrote:
> > I have recently installed Fedora 7 on my machine & got it working for
> > the most part ie...adding DVD, mp3 support etc...but now when I login
> > to my user account from GDM into Gnome I am not able to use any
> > programs that require root access. If the Package updater pops up with
> > updates I click on view packages & it asks for my root password. I
> > enter it & nothing happens & it does the same thing for all programs
> > that need root access.
> You're certain that it's being entered correctly (no caps lock, etc.)?
> And you haven't used some special characters that mightn't get treated
> the same in a GUI environment?  Just saying that to cover all the bases.
> I've just recently installed FC7, and don't have this issue.  I am
> logged in as myself, I haven't logged in graphically as root at all, so
> far.  I boot in run level 5, and the GUI is started automatically, then
> I log in as myself.  If I pick something from the menus that requires
> the root password, I'm prompted and it accepts.  If I su - in a terminal
> and issue a command that does something graphical, it works (note 1).
> I haven't tried booting in run level 3 (text only), starting X manually,
> then doing "su -" to switch users.
> I started off with the fairly basic defaults it offered me, and added a
> few things.  Nothing special though, just a few user applications and
> control panels for some services.  You might want to post a list of what
> you have installed, so others can compare.  You can grab a list of
> everything installed from an RPM from this file:  /var/log/rpmpkgs
> Note 1.
> -------
> Things like this work for me:
> [tim at bigblack ~]$ su -
> Password:
> [root at bigblack ~]# serviceconf
> --
> [tim at bigblack ~]$ rm -rfd /*^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^Huname -ipr
> 2.6.21-1.3228.fc7 i686 i386
> Using FC 4, 5, 6 & 7, plus CentOS 5.  Today, it's FC7.
> Don't send private replies to my address, the mailbox is ignored.
> I read messages from the public lists.
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Diolch yn fawr, Ashley
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