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How to enable root login in gnome on Debian 6 or 7

Root user login in gnome is disabled on Debian system by default for security reasons. If you want to enable it for specific reasons then follow the below steps :

1. Login into Debian system
2. launch the Root Terminal from Applications -> Accessories.
3. Authenticate with password to launch the Root Terminal.
4. Open "/etc/pam.d/gdm3" with vi.
    #vi /etc/pam.d/gdm3
5. Look for "auth     required  user  != root   quiet_success"  , comment it out as below.

    #auth     required  user  != root   quiet_success
6. Save the modification with Esc+w+q+Enter keystroke.
7. Restart or reboot Debian system.
8. Login with root user in gnome. You should be now able to login successfully.



  1. hi i dont have the following file in my debian 7 OS.


    Please suggest if I am missing any package?

    1. Good tutorial to enable root accoun on debian 7 gdm3 uh NO someone answer the question please.

      SJThursday, September 19, 2013

      hi i dont have the following file in my debian 7 OS.


      Please suggest if I am missing any package?

    2. In Debian 8 the file name is: /etc/pam.d/gdm-password

  2. working on it escape key on my debian system is the : also need to have insert key on to modify least on my system.

    It worked like a charm... now to do the Apache server admin and get out.

  3. Good tutorial to enable root accoun on debian 7 gdm3

  4. No need to reboot afterward. GDM re-reads the file when it next-launches (e.g. after you log-out)

  5. i found that vi wouldnt let me edit ? .... i used #gedit /etc/pam.d/gdm3 .... via the root terminal, saved and rebooted and worked just fine

  6. i found that vi wouldnt work for some reason. i used #gedit /etc/pam.d/gdm3 ... saved and rebooted ... works just fine now

  7. You are the MAN thanks a million, This was driving me crazy, Thanks again.

  8. Thank you. This was the answer I was looking for!


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