Strange root login problem

Andrew Bartlett abartlet at
Wed Aug 7 13:33:06 EST 2002

Brendan Henderson at Keogh's wrote:
> I have a problem with Mandrake Linux 8.2 in that I cannot log on with root
> and root password (login into X window it displays login failed).
> I can log in with a standard user account and then issue SU, enter root
> password and do root type stuff but not login to a standard root account.
> Any idea's.

The file /etc/securetty does not include :0, but your XDM pam config
file is using pam_securetty.  Actually, this is probably a good thing,
as running X as root makes it very easy to make one false click...

Andrew Bartlett

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