How to Enable Gui Root Login in Debian 8

In this post I am going to explain how to enable GUI root access on Debian 8. Instructions for Debian 9 a similar and can be found here. At this point I should warn you that using the root account is dangerous as you can ruin your whole system.  Try to follow this guide exactly.

  1. First open a terminal and type su then your root password that you created when installing your Debian 8.
  2. Install Leafpad text editor which allows you to edit text files. Type: “apt-get install leafpad”
  3. Stay in root terminal and type “leafpad /etc/gdm3/daemon.conf”. This command opens the file “daemon.conf” in leafpad. Under security type “AllowRoot=true”. So your security section in the file should look like this:[security]
    AllowRoot=trueOnce it looks like this save the file then exit the window.
  4. Stay in root terminal and type “leafpad /etc/pam.d/gdm-password”. This command opens the file “gdm-password” in leafpad. Within this file you have comment out the line containing “auth required pam_succeed_if.so user != root quiet_success” so that it looks like this
    #auth required pam_succeed_if.so user != root quiet_successSave the file and exit.
  5. Now you should be able to login as root in you GUI Debian 8.

 

Check out this post, if you are looking for instructions on how to enable GUI root access on Debian 9 – KDE5 Plasma.

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9 Responses to How to Enable Gui Root Login in Debian 8

  1. tester01 says:

    The description is only usable for “gnome”-desktop!

    • ad says:

      Thanks for the remark. To be honest I have not check whether or not the description to enable root Login in Debian 8 is limited to Gnome. You could be right, if time permits I will verify your statement and add it to the description.
      HTH

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  3. poolbird says:

    thanks for your blog.

  4. kto-kdwoni says:

    Very usefull. Just used this tip.

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