Bug 1014502 - gnome hangs su to root from other users
gnome hangs su to root from other users
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: gnome-shell (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Owen Taylor
Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
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Reported: 2013-10-02 04:56 EDT by lionghostshop
Modified: 2015-02-17 12:27 EST (History)
5 users (show)

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Last Closed: 2015-02-17 12:27:50 EST
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2013-10-02 04:56 EDT, lionghostshop
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Description lionghostshop 2013-10-02 04:56:20 EDT
Created attachment 806329 [details]

Description of problem:

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Login gnome as an ordinary user
2. open a terminal
3. sudo su
4. gedit
5. click the button near "Activities" as shown in the attachment

Actual results:

Expected results:
menu pop up

Additional info:
Comment 1 Florian Müllner 2013-10-25 11:33:49 EDT
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.
Comment 2 David Batson 2014-04-02 06:13:31 EDT
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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