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Looks like you are trying to run the program as root. Did you log into Xwindows as root? If not (you got to root via 'su') then by default root (su) cannot run Xwindows inferfaces (Gtk or Qt). I'm not sure how to allow root (su) to do so while logged in with a user account but if you need to run it as root then I'd suggest restarting Xwindows as root (assuming the answer to my initial question is no).
So when you log into Kde/Gnome (or whatever your GUI is) as root (not using 'su') it still won't let you open it? If so, that's the error it throws? What is your distro and what windows/desktop manager are you using?
Originally posted by hallamigo So when you log into Kde/Gnome (or whatever your GUI is) as root (not using 'su') it still won't let you open it? If so, that's the error it throws? What is your distro and what windows/desktop manager are you using?
it wont, you can see the error above, i'm using simple mepis (debian), using kde
thanx it works, but do i have to type that everytime?, if not how can i make my system do it everytime i login?
Originally posted by mike33 as an ordinary user type the command:
Then root will be able to open windows in X.
xhost + does work but is terribly insecure. It allows any computer to control your X display remotely. It is wiser to use
which will just allow access from the local machine. It assumes that anyone running a command while logged into the machine should have permission to access the display. This is a fairly reasonable assumption for a home machine.
You don't need to do this all the time (just if you want to run a program as a different user and if you have restarted the window system since the last time you ran it). If you want to make it permanent (and you probably do) just edit your
startup files (~/.xsession & ~/.xinitrc) and add that line before the last line in the file.