Can someone help to autologin in console text mode as root in fedora, usually I can do using script like this :


0</dev/$1 1>/dev/$1 2>&1
cat /etc/issue
exec $*

and on /etc/inittab do login by calling that script

1:2345:respawn:/sbin/autologin.sh tty1 login -f root

now I can't do that, since fedora use /etc/init/tty.conf :

stop on runlevel [016]
instance $TTY
exec /sbin/mingetty $TTY

I know its dangerous to autologin and moreover as root, but I don't care, I don't care about security.

  • On most Linux installations, considering the root user "secure" is a bit of a mistake. In fact, if you have physical access to the console, and can reboot it manually, gaining access to a root shell is as easy as adjusting the kernel boot parameters, and many distros provide a "recovery mode" boot option that does it for you. The root account can be considered secure against remote users on a server, but you need an encrypted drive to make it secure against a local user.
    – ams
    Jan 21, 2013 at 13:43

1 Answer 1


Add the following line to "/etc/init/tty.conf":

exec /sbin/mingetty --autologin root $TTY

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