On Tue, 1 Mar 2005, Bill Roberts wrote:

When I'm logged on as a user, and I try to open gvim or firefox by
su'ing or sudo'ing as root, I get the following error.

E233: cannot open display

I used to be able to do this, but there was a tightening of security
at some point, and now I cannot. I am using xfce4.

See my other mail...

Is there some sort of workaround? Currently, I have to log off as
user, and log in as root. The only reason I normally have to do either
of these things is to change certain settings in firefox, or when I am
copying some code from the internet into a file. The copy operation
works nicely with gvim, but gets messed up in vim.

What I usually do, if there's a task that only root can do (changing a config or doing maintenance), is 'su -' in an xterm. All changes done to a config file (or whatever) by root is pasted from my user-run firefox/mozilla into 'nano -w'. I don't use vi(m) myself but it should work the same...

Alternately, is there some way of copying nicely into vim from code I
find on the internet.

If nothing else works: 'cat >textfile <<EOF', copy with your mouse, press ctrl-d, insert contents of textfile to wherever you want.

Best regards

Peter K

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