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Bug 89169 - Nautilus desktop stays as root after running from command line (as root)
Summary: Nautilus desktop stays as root after running from command line (as root)
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: nautilus
Version: 9
Hardware: i586
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Alexander Larsson
QA Contact: Jay Turner
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2003-04-19 01:06 UTC by Peter Davie
Modified: 2015-01-08 00:04 UTC (History)
1 user (show)

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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2003-06-02 12:57:05 UTC

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Description Peter Davie 2003-04-19 01:06:16 UTC
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Description of problem:
Task: Perform operations as root when logged in as another user.

History: The same approach was used in RH8 without the side effects found in RH9

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

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
To reproduce:
1. open terminal window
2. log on as root
3. run natilus: e.g. ./nautilus &
4. Upon closing nautilus the desktop gets redrawn as root's desktop (not the
orignal user) and remains there until a logout is done.


Actual Results:  Nautilus stays in "root mode" despite the process having been
terminated. The temporary workarounds are noted under additional info.

Expected Results:  The problem here is that this behaviour differs radically
from RH8. Arguably RH8 should have behaved in this manner in the first place :-)

Additional info:

Workaround 1: run nautilus with the --no-desktop option.
Workaround 2: live with it and log out.
Workaround 3: Do not run as separate process
Workaround 4: Create a menu entry like in KDE for "Superuser Nautilus"

Comment 1 Alexander Larsson 2003-04-24 14:51:02 UTC
Well, it really shouldn't be managing the desktop if another copy already is.

Comment 2 Alexander Larsson 2003-06-02 12:57:05 UTC
This is fixed in RAWHIDE by the use of a manager selection for the desktop. If
anyone is already managing the desktop nautilus won't.

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