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#1 compdope

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Posted 24 February 2008 - 02:54 PM

I goofed. When I installed Ubuntu 7.10, it asked me for a user to give special admin privileges to. However, when I logged in the first time as that user, I was fooling around and mistakenly unchecked the check box which gave that user the privileges (in the users/groups tool). How do I get that back? And why doesn't the root user have a nice GUI like the users do?

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Posted 27 February 2008 - 09:42 PM

I'm no expert, but the simplest way is to re-install UBUNTU and make sure you use a name and password that you can remember. I'm assuming you just recently installed it?

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Posted 27 February 2008 - 09:47 PM

You need to boot to recovery mode, and re-add yourself to the admin list. However, recovery mode only gives you command line. I dont know how to add that check in command line :thumbsup:

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Posted 27 February 2008 - 09:50 PM

Sorry for the double post:

And why doesn't the root user have a nice GUI like the users do?


Because most linux users are more concerned with their architectural perfection than making something that actually works, making linux a great system, when it works. :thumbsup:

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Posted 02 March 2008 - 03:56 AM

startx would help out. I all ready said this in another thread: The root user is by default locked. It is to prevent people from doing things which will harm their OS, by accident.

BTW, linux fans hate reinstalls. That's a windows thing. When linux gets broke, it's usually possible to fix without oblitteraing your files and starting over.

Don't reinstall. Read this.
If someone tells you to su rm -rf /
DON'T DO IT!!!!
Be in the know, Bash smart!




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