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asked 2014-08-19 10:04:50 -0500

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updated 2014-08-21 22:29:57 -0500

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trying to install wine. but cant get to root. OS F20

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NickTux gravatar imageNickTux ( 2014-08-19 10:53:40 -0500 )edit

when i try to install wine from terminal it sez i need to be in root dir. to use yum. whem i try to go to root i get this "bash: cd: root: Permission denied" I am new to linux just installed it yesterday Tony

Tayer1111 gravatar imageTayer1111 ( 2014-08-19 14:11:21 -0500 )edit

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answered 2014-08-19 16:35:21 -0500

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updated 2014-08-20 00:56:01 -0500

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You don't need to be in the root directory to use yum, you need to be the root user. This is similar to 'Administrator' in some commercial operating systems.

From that command line use:

su -

and when prompted type the root password you assigned to your system. You can then use the yum command. As this is new to you, before you add any new software, you might want to just take the maintenance step of updating the packages already installed. Use this first:

yum update

and follow prompts. If the kernel gets updated, log out of root using:


and then reboot.

As an alternative, try:

su -c 'yum update' and give your root password. After update, restart if there is a kernel update.

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Or, if you only need to update your system, use this: su -c 'yum update Give the root password when prompted and when yum is finished, you're back to your regular user again.

sideburns gravatar imagesideburns ( 2014-08-19 16:40:29 -0500 )edit

It's su -c 'yum update'. Missed a ' :P

abadrinath gravatar imageabadrinath ( 2014-08-20 00:48:55 -0500 )edit

OK i will try your advice Thanks so much Tony

Tayer1111 gravatar imageTayer1111 ( 2014-08-20 06:39:34 -0500 )edit

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