Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 41190
Run as Root does not work
Last modified: 2007-04-18 12:33:18 EDT
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Description of problem:
When running any of the control panel functions in KDE, when the dialogue
for "run as root" comes up, password is accepted and nothing happens.
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Open control panel
2. Set the time Zone
3. Type root password
Actual Results: Nothing. I also don't see any processes that I can
with ps -aux
I have several installations, and I think think this used to work.
I can't reproduce this. Make sure kdesu (from kdebase) is installed.
Sorry, but saying you can't duplicate it doesn't help much.
I have localized the
problem to one particular machine, and it may have something to do with the
I ran one of the "run as root" applications in a window, and got the error--
Xlib: extension "RENDER" missing on display ":0.0".
Evidently when the application is run in a window, it gets around this, as you
error and then the window does open. In the "run as root" with the
"shortcut" , it evidently fails.
This was an upgrade of a working 6.2 to a 7.1
Are you sure you installed the applications you want to launch?
kontrol-panel currently displays all applications it can launch all the time,
and should simply tell you "you need to install the xxxxx package" if you try
to launch something that isn't installed. It's possible that the error
reporting is broken.
Yes, the applications work fine, as they will run when you are logged in as
Evidently I didn't make myself clear--
1. the problem is when you run as a user,
and you select an application that must be run as root (i.e. something in the
panel) by clicking the icon in the control panel, it asks for the root password
then does nothing.
2. If you then type the same command into a window, (that the icon is
executing) you get the ---- RENDER missing extension error.
3. If you log in as root, all the applications work.
At this point, this isn't worth the time to work on it.
I have assigned it to WONTFIX as
this feature works on my other 7.1 installations and it seems like we are going
be going back and forth for a long time.
I know about 1.; I can't reproduce it though. My guess is that for some
reason, kdesu can't give root access to the X server. Does this still happen
if you run "xhost +localhost" before running kontrol-panel?
2. doesn't have anything to do with the problem. It just means you're using a
graphics card that doesn't support antialiasing.