Why can't I login with Glish?

Linode Staff

I installed Gnome Desktop on Debian 9 with the command `apt-get install task-gnome-desktop`. I only have a root user installed. I can login to Lish and via ssh as root, however when I try to login with Glish, it always responds with "Sorry, that didn't work. Please try again.".

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For security, gdm does not allow root logins. It is recommended that you add an a limited user account with which to login.

If you must use root as a login for your graphical desktop, you can edit the /etc/pam.d/gdm-password file and comment out the line that says:

auth   required    pam_succeed_if.so user != root quiet_success

Once you save the file, the preference will be active immediately, so you will not need to reboot or restart your desktop.


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