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nutbar21
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 17, 2005 6:54 pm    Post subject: Can't su anymore! Reply with quote

I have noticed that all of a sudden, I cannot su to root anymore. I haven't changed any passwords or anything at all - it just started suddenly. It says "permission denied, sorry" every time I put in the password. I know the root password hasn't been changed because I can still log out and log in as root with my usual password, but why on earth can't I su to root from other users? Any ideas?
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seren
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 17, 2005 6:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

are you in the group wheel?
maybe use sudo
Code:
sudo usermod  -G wheel -L usrname

if you dont have sudo you might have to boot to the install cd and mount/chroot to your gentoo install then run
Code:
 usermod  -G wheel -L usrname
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nutbar21
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 17, 2005 7:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just logged in as root and checked out my user groups... it seems that my main user had NO groups! How this got changed, I don't know - but I have fixed it now and I can su again.

Thanks for your suggestion, it actually helped out a lot!
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 17, 2005 7:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Moved from Networking & Security to Duplicate Threads, please see this FAQ: SA2: Why can't I su to root?
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