Strange root login problem

Pearl Louis pearl.louis at
Wed Aug 7 17:58:19 EST 2002

If you set the security level in Mandrake too high it will do things like 
this.  Mandrake has certain security "levels" so that newbies can secure 
their machines ranging from totally open to paranoid.  If you put the setting 
too high you could very well end up securing your machine from yourself.

The simplest thing to do would be to go to the Control Centre and make sure 
that the security setting is not on Paranoid or something like that.  The 
Control Panel settings only show Standard, High, Higher and Paranoid settings 
but there are finer increments that you can only invoke from the command line 
(they are called msec settings).  

Also if you ran the InteractiveBastille program and you weren't careful in 
your choices of settings you could also very well have ended up securing your 
machine from yourself as well.  


On Wed, 7 Aug 2002 11:58, you 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.
> Yours Kindly,
> Brendan Henderson
> Design, IT & Sales Executive
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