Bug 3745

Summary: xscreensaver won't be invoked if startx'ed by root (GNOME)
Product: [Retired] Red Hat Linux Reporter: hvv
Component: xscreensaverAssignee: David Lawrence <dkl>
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Version: 6.0CC: rkrishnamoorthy_81
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Description hvv 1999-06-26 17:06:50 UTC
If I start X (with gnome) using default 'startx' just, the xscreensaver can't be invoked - xauth tells that authentification failed for 'nobody'. This causes GNOME's gpanel 'Lock screen' menu entry not functioning (seems screensaver won't be invoked after specified delay, etc). Thanks.

Comment 1 Derek Tattersall 1999-06-28 14:28:59 UTC
I can't tell whether this is a gnome bug or an xscreensaver feechur.
It's easily duplicable.

Comment 2 Bill Nottingham 1999-06-29 15:44:59 UTC
We won't fix this. The alternative is to have xscreensaver stay
running as root when called by root, which opens up *gaping*
security holes if it's run from xdm, or other similar methods.

Comment 3 Bill Nottingham 2004-04-13 14:56:37 UTC
*** Bug 120717 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***