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Hi, I have this problem of accessing flash memories and accessin root window/session via the login window. What do I do to eradicate this problem?(laptop::Toshiba 2-core;200;1024;usb smartcard reader)...
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    Hi,
    I have this problem of accessing flash memories and accessin root window/session via the login window.
    What do I do to eradicate this problem?(laptop::Toshiba 2-core;200;1024;usb smartcard reader)

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    Root login through the login manager is disabled by default in almost all distributions, because it's generally a very bad idea. If you need to login as root, you should do so temporarily during your normal user session.

    Please be more specific with the flash memory problem. You're plugging in a flash drive and it isn't automounting? What desktop environment are you using? (GNOME, KDE, XFCE, etc.)

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    Am using GNOME. problem is I can't write files to the drive even after a bit of editing fstab options for flash drives.

    How do I perform the root login in the user mode?

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    From the command line use
    Code:
    su -
    This asks for the root password.

    Or, if a user has various admin permissions in the sudoer file, use
    Code:
    sudo <command>
    This asks for the user password.

    When you said you can't write, are you getting an error about permission? I don't recall what it might be in Debian, but I know in Arch there is a group called 'Storage' that your user needs to belong to for access to flash drives.

    su(1): run shell with substitute user/group IDs - Linux man page

    sudo(: execute command as another user - Linux man page

    gksudo(1): GTK+ frontend for su/sudo - Linux man page

    gksu(1): GTK+ frontend for su/sudo - Linux man page

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