problems starting kde apps as root

James Richard Tyrer tyrerj at
Fri Jul 9 02:52:35 BST 2004

Joerg Stadermann wrote:
> Hi,
> I noticed a strange problem with kde 3.2.3 (cvs KDE_3_2_BRANCH). I
> can't run many kde apps as root. Let's say I do kdesu kfmclient 
> openProfile filemanagement, the filemanager starts ok, but when I 
> try to open a document I get the message "kdeinit:ca't start 
> xyz". On further investigationI found that I can't start kde as 
> root. I get the root window, artsd is starting, but no desktop 
> and no kicker. It's possible though to start apps with sudo.  

Note that KDE_3_2_BRANCH is currently NOT KDE-3.2.3 additional changes have been 
made and I found at least one (regression) bug in it.  So, if you want 
KDE-3.2.3, I would use the tag for it.

I don't know what is causing your problem, but it appears to be a bug.

Try opening a Konsole:

	su -
	<enter password>

and see if this fixes the problem.

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