Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 1014502
gnome hangs su to root from other users
Last modified: 2015-02-17 12:27:50 EST
Created attachment 806329 [details]
Description of problem:
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Login gnome as an ordinary user
2. open a terminal
3. sudo su
5. click the button near "Activities" as shown in the attachment
menu pop up
The underlying problem is that permissions of the mmapped dconf database are changed behind our/dconf's back. Possible fixes would be to let "su" modify XDG_RUNTIME_DIR as well, or be more cautious in dconf when updating permissions. However it's not an issue we can easily work around in gnome-shell, and (in my opinion) we shouldn't in any case.
I ran into this or a similar problem in F19. Using beesu as per the following bug report solved the problem there. Haven't been able to try it yet in F20 as I do not have access to the internet with my Fedora box ATM to install beesu.
There are several issues in the bug report. See in particular comment #14 and #23.
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