Konsole unable to start xapps as root in Archlinux

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Mon Oct 22 06:10:36 BST 2007

On Sunday 21 October 2007 02:19:22 Ryo Furue wrote:
> Hi Nigel and Xauth fans,
> | Well I remember ages ago having this same problem on a distro,
> | and having resolved it. Looking back through all my notes, and
> | Doh, I see it was on Debian. The fix I got was to add the
> | following to /root/.bashrc export
> | XAUTHORITY=/home/<username>/.Xauthority
> Thank you for the tips!  Extending your idea, I found another
> solution:
>   $ export XAUTHORITY=$HOME/.Xauthority
>   $ su
> That's it.  I put the first line into my (ordinary user's)
> ~/.bashrc or ~/.bash_profile .  When I say "su -" my
> environmental variables are discarded, but when I say "su" my
> environmental variables are inherited by root.
> This method is better for me than to put
> "export XAUTHORITY=/home/<my_username>/.Xauthority" into root's
> .bashrc, because my system administrators sometimes log in
> to my machine and become root.  When they do so, they might
> send their windows to my screen without their knowing!
> A slight downside is that my own, nonstandard environment
> variables are inherited by root, too.  (HOME seems to be
> overriden by the su command, so that you don't have to worry too
> much.)

Unless I am missing something, I think you are creating a security 
hole doing it this way.
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