Re: Root Password No Longer Works in KDE
Earlier today, I had a complete system freezeup for some reason. All
I could do to recover was power down and boot back up. However, when
kdm tried to run, I was dropped to a text login prompt.
Just a random thought. Did you try changing LDAP (server/client)
configuration? May be the difference between /etc/pam.d/su and
/etc/pam.d/ssh would give you an idea.
I went ahead and logged in as root and did an apt-get --reinstall
install kdm; then i ran kdm and was able to get to the graphical login
screen. When I logged into the KDE desktop, I discovered that I was
unable to do anything that required the root password (su, kpackage,
etc). I keep getting "Authentication failure".
I know the password is good, because I am able to login as root from a
text-prompt, and can also SSH in as root from another system; so I am
suspecting a problem with KDE itself. As another test, I tried
logging in to KDE as root from kdm, and that fails as well.
And even more odd is, everytime I reboot, kdm fails and drops me to a
text-based login, and I have to once again do an apt-get --reinstall
I have tried everything I could think of at the moment, short of doing
the dreaded OS reinstall (apt-get --reinstall install x-window-system
kde and apt-get --reinstall install kde did not fix it either.) I
would really prefer to not have to reinstall, since it took me forever
the first time around to get the nVidia video drivers configured
right, and I can't remember whether or not I took down notes on how I
So, if anyone here can make sense of my rather rambling description of
this root password problem, please give some advice on how to get
things back to normal. Thanks.
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