Jerry McAllister wrote:
On Fri, Jan 16, 2009 at 02:02:30PM -0800, Rem P Roberti wrote:

On Friday 16 January 2009 12:14:54 Rem P Roberti wrote:
I have just installed Skype and the only way that I can launch the
program is
as root.  I know that that is a permissions thing, but I can't figure
out how to
bring up the program as user, or if that is even possible.

This problem only happens on certain setups and we have been unable to find out why it's happening. Skype should (and does) work as a normal user and shouldn't require any permission changes.

Please post the output of any errors you're seeing and the output of uname -a. Also, how are you starting skype? What linux_base are you running?


The output of uname -a: FreeBSD 7.1-RELEASE FreeBSD 7.1-RELEASE #0: Thu Jan 1 14:37:25 UTC 2009 i386

The only way that I can start Skype is via the command line as root. If I try to launch the program as user this results: /usr/local/bin/skype: /usr/local/share/skype/skype: Permission denied

I am currently running linux_base-fc6-6_5 which I installed as per UPDATING 20080318.

I have never used skype, (might try one of these days) but
is it possible you have to set the Set-UID bit?
eg  chmod 4755 /usr/local/bin/skype   ??
That's a little nasty, but...


It was worth a shot, but nothing doing. What's interesting is that on another system that had PC-BSD installed the program would play alright, but if you closed down the system and rebooted it would ask for root's password in order for Skype to play. Something's
definitely weird here.

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