[kde-solaris] KDE without root permissions

Darrell Esau Darrell.Esau at Sun.COM
Mon Aug 30 23:04:20 CEST 2004

Hi Joerg,

It is possible.

I've recently finished compiling KDE 3.3 for Solaris in an environment where I 
don't have root.

I'm not having any issues.

Of course compiling on Solaris can be a bear -- but there wasn't anything 
special that needed to be done for the lack of root... just the usual 
configure --prefix=/somewhere/writable; make; make install

Modifying the dt login menu requires root, so I'm just logging in "failsafe" 
and running ${KDEDIR}/bin/startkde


On Monday 30 August 2004 9:44 am, Joerg Delker wrote:
> Hi Folks,
> this may be a FAQ, but unfortunately I didn't find a solution for this yet.
> The bottom line is:
> How can one run KDE without having root permissions?
> Every installdoc of a compiled tarball or sun package I encountered so
> far, assumes to have root capabilities, but in some IT-environments it's
> just not possible to gain root access, neither have the chance to get
> KDE installed by a root admin.
> So what I'm looking for is a install procedure for an unpriviledge user,
> that will result in a somewhat properly working KDE installation.
> I understand that there may be issues which ultimatively *require* root.
> Question with that: Is there a workaround, and if not, which "feature"
> is affected by that (which may be eventually neglectable for some).
> I did a successful (unpriviledged) install of KDE 3.1.x some rather long
> time ago, which runs satisfying under this circumstances, so I've still
> hope that there is a chance with newer versions, too.
> Now it's time to upgrade (KDE 3.2.x or even 3.3), but first attempts to
> install failed unpleasently.
> (Sorry for being unspecific here, but I don't remember the exact error
> and don't have the chance to do this again currently).
> Obstacles I remember:
> * relocation of KDEDIR to some "unpriviledge" directory (by using
> * getting everything started up correctly in startkde (dcopserver, etc.)
> Since, I will retry this again in couple of days, I want to gather as
> much information about this as possible.
> So any hints, references, feedback is welcome!
> Regards,
> Joerg
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