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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     pam_succeed_if.so  user  != root   quiet_success"  , comment it out as below.

    #auth     required     pam_succeed_if.so  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.


  

Comments

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

    /etc/pam.d/gdm3;

    Please suggest if I am missing any package?

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    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.

      /etc/pam.d/gdm3;

      Please suggest if I am missing any package?

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

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

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

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

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

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  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

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

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

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

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