Konsole unable to start xapps as root in Archlinux

Nigel Henry cave.dnb at tiscali.fr
Sat Oct 20 01:31:40 BST 2007

On Saturday 20 October 2007 02:01, Ryo Furue wrote:
> Hi KDEers,
> | > Thanks for that other option Ryo. Do those commands provide a
> | > permanent change, that hold up after a logout/login, or reboot?
> |
> | I better let Ryo comment on this one :)
> Um, I'm not 100% sure, but the change isn't permanent.
> It seems that the setting done by xauth becomes invalid
> after the root logs out:
>   $ su -
>   # xauth merge ~username/.Xauthority
>   # DISPLAY=:0.0
>   # export DISPLAY
>   . . .
>   # exit
>   $
> Then, the xauth setting for the root is gone.
> ("$" is the shell prompt as a normal user
>  and "#" is the root's prompt.)
> This is based on my experience.  A more convincing
> answer would require some reading.
> Cheers,
> Ryo

Hi Ryo. I'm really trying to find what the Archlinux guys have done so that 
KDE's Konsole cannot open Xapps when su'ed to root.

I've no problem on my Fedora, and Debian installs. I can su to root on 
Konsole, and open kwrite, kate, gedit, synaptic, and you name it.

The answer I got back from the Archlinux forum, was that Konsole as default 
was not able to start xapps as root, but no way to change this behaviour was 

I may have to ask on the xorg list, and try and find out which xfile the 
Archlinux guys have messed with to stop Konsole as default starting xapps 
when su'ed to root.

Thanks to You and Kevin for your help.


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