Malcolm Kay wrote:

On Saturday 17 April 2004 04:59, Mike wrote:


The system: FreeBSD 4.9-stable

I have KDE 3.14 installed and all was working well for a number of
weeks. Root and one other regular user account had been able to start
and use KDE and Gnome.  And both GUI environments operated normally.

A few days ago KDE under root account wouldn't start (startx).  Howevere
KDE started under a regular user account works perfectly (and continues
to do so).

Furthermore, Gnome (2.4) under root starts (half-way?) up to the point
of the banner and then hangs.

The root account resides on the root partition which is deliberately
kept lean and mean to improve the chances of recovery if anything breaks in the system. This means that the root account can easily run out of disk space when running greedy X software.

Monsters such as KDE and Gnome are not suitable for running from the root account. In my opinion it is not a good idea to run any
X-windows manager from the root account i.e. no startx or xdm logins
from root.


Hmmmm... Good point. I think that losing KDE for the root account is not such a bad idea, although this was done by accident :\

If you want the convenience of X from a privileged account then run
X and KDE or Gnome under a normal user with membership of the 'wheel' group and then 'su' to root.

Ok. Currently I'm using a non-privileged account and "su'ing" when I need to perform admin work.

(A possible alternative is to setup a second privileged account with
a home directory under /home and work from this. You probably already have such an account under the login name 'toor' but you will need to
move its home directory and give it a password.)

Thanks for the tip! But I'll probably just let the root account go without KDE. If root REALLY needs a GUI (which it doesn't) then I could fire up fvwm or enlightenment.

Thanks for the pointer Malcolm.



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