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I'm using Debian Wheezy, and I need to be always as a root. So I do the following every-time I restart the OS: $ sudo -i then startx.

Is there a way to restart directly as a root every-time?

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I assume you're using GNOME if you're on Debian :

edit /etc/gdm3/daemon.conf

You should get something like this :

[daemon]
# Enabling automatic login
  AutomaticLoginEnable = true
  AutomaticLogin = root

You could replace root by an other user

More info here : https://wiki.debian.org/GDM

Small note : Loggin as root is not a good practice, depending on what you need, you could simply use the commande sudo to gain permission for a moment In gnome, loggin in the GUI as root is disable by default (Considered unsafe)

EDIT : To bypass that protection, you could go in GNOME's setting, under Security and check Allow to login as Root

Cheers.

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  • I did what you recommended, but now it gives me the login window to choose a user. I have only my user and when I choose other and type in the username as "root" and the corresponding password, it gives me "authentication failed" – KhaledWas Mar 16 '16 at 14:02
  • Try to go in gnome settings, in Security, you should be able to check something like Allow root/admin to log in. – Xyrodileas Mar 16 '16 at 14:15

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