Fedora 10 Enable GUI Root Login

Fedora 10 Enable GUI Root Login

There are 5 comments on the NixCraft story from Dec 11, 2008, titled Fedora 10 Enable GUI Root Login. In it, NixCraft reports that:

Q. How do I enable root login under Fedora 10 Gnome GUI login screen / manager? A. Fedora 10 uses pam module called pam_succeed_if.so. This module is designed to succeed or fail authentication based on ...

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Lexington, KY

#1 Dec 23, 2008
Open Terminal type
su -
thn your root password
hit enter
then go to
cd '/etc/'
then type
nano inittab
# inittab is only used by upstart for the default runlevel.
# System initialization is started by /etc/event.d/rcS
# Individual runlevels are started by /etc/event.d/rc[0-6]
# Ctrl-Alt-Delete is handled by /etc/event.d/control-alt-delet e
# Terminal gettys (tty[1-6]) are handled by /etc/event.d/tty[1-6] and
# For information on how to write upstart event handlers, or how
# upstart works, see init(8), initctl(8), and events(5).
# Default runlevel. The runlevels used are:
# 0 - halt (Do NOT set initdefault to this)
# 1 - Single user mode
# 2 - Multiuser, without NFS (The same as 3, if you do not have networking)
# 3 - Full multiuser mode
# 4 - unused
# 5 - X11
# 6 - reboot (Do NOT set initdefault to this)
then edit id:5:initdefault: to id:3:initdefault:
hit F2
yes to save
reboot th system
login: root

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#2 Jan 4, 2009
Open a terminal and use “su -c gedit” or “su -c nautilus” to get the graphic editor or file manager as root. There are risks involved in logging in as “root”, but there are times when it is extremely useful, such as when your user account is corrupted to the point that you cannot log in. To enable the root login, use the above command to run “gedit” and edit the file “/etc/pam.d/gdm”. Locate the line:

auth required pam_succeed_if.so user != root quiet

(it should be the third line) and comment it out by putting a “#” in the first column:

# auth required pam_succeed_if.so user != root quiet

save the file. It would be better to use Nautilus to make a backup copy of the original file before modifying it.


Harrisonburg, VA

#3 Feb 23, 2009
Hi guys,
I've done the:

# auth required pam_succeed_if.so user != root quiet

hack and now can login as root via gui but still cannot install rpm packages etc - getting not enough permissions error when I try.

I'm running Fedora 10 under VMWare for testing.

Also, I can start Apache etc. with terminal command:

start service httpd

but cannot modify the "services" interface via gui - settings won't take.

Any ideas?

Thanks, Scott

Harrisonburg, VA

#4 Feb 23, 2009
Got a working solution, which is to login as a regular user then when you try to modify something in the "services" area it prompts for root password. This is pretty lame though! I've been Fedora since it was RedHat 8 and have always been able to do what I needed by using a combo of GUI and terminal command (Also use webmin for a lot of stuff). Why are they trying to baby sit us with Fedora 10? Totally lame IMHO!!! Also, Fedora 9 was real problematic for me as well, I ended up reverting back to Fedora 8 after too many problems with Fedora 9. So far it seems like Fedora 8 was the apex of this OS. All subsequent releases have been problematic for me.

Regards, Scott

Indore, India

#5 Feb 13, 2011
Thank's scott

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