Re: text-only login is root?
--- On Thu, 10/21/10, David Jardine <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> From: David Jardine <email@example.com>
> Subject: Re: text-only login is root?
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Cc: email@example.com
> Date: Thursday, October 21, 2010, 10:45 PM
> Could you please wrap your lines (70
> or so characters per line)? It
> makes it easier to read and to reply to.
Sorry about that. I can't find a setting with this web mail
that affects line length. I'll do manual carriage returns until
I find a solution.
> On Thu, Oct 21, 2010 at 02:49:03PM -0700, post id wrote:
> > I've set up a minimal system on one of my machines and
> used no login
> > manager -- I login at the prompt and type startx to
> start the
> > graphical session. Now I read a claim that if one
> didn't use a login
> > manager to log in and start X, then one was logging
> in with root
> > privileges.
> Where did you read that nonsense?
I stumbled across it as I was reading howtos on installations
on the Internet.
> That doesn't appear to be true since I
> don't seem to have
> > root privileges, although when I do ctrl-alt-f1 I get
> a list of
> > messages such as "Restore TV PLL," etc. rather than a
> command prompt.
> You don't get a command prompt because you haven't logged
> out of the
> X session.
And since that X session was started in that screen
it's still there running when I do a ctrl+alt+f1.
The login manager doesn't use a screen to start X, so
it doesn't show up on a screen, right?
So what's the following that appears on the screen?:
Entering Restore TV
Restore TV PLL
Restore TV HV
Restore TV Restarts
Restore Timing Tables
Restore TV Standard
Leaving Restore TV
This is a laptop with an LCD screen.
Is it trying to drive an external monitor?
> > I don't get that on my other machines running
> graphical login
> > managers. Do I have a security problem here? If so,
> will just
> > installing a lightweight login manager (xdm?) cure it
> or do I need to
> > change some settings somewhere? I'd be thankful for
> You have no security problem. You started X as the
> user who called
> startx. You just have to learn how to close your X
> session down
So how do I shut down X properly? On this laptop I
usually do "shutdown -h now" from a console when I'm
ready to quit.