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Old 01-20-2006, 04:39 PM   #1
Nether
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KDE Pop-ups as root


I finally got my Mandriva Linux install working after much hard work and configuring However I still have one strange and unresolved issue.

When I log in as root I get a series of error messages from KDE (3.4) . It didn't come up till I started playing around with xorg in order to get my video settings right. Chances are I did something wrong as I have no Linux experience. Everything else works fine though and when I log in as a regular user the system runs great with no problems or errors of any kind. However the pop-ups will continually appear once every two seconds or so while using the root account.

Sometimes they spontaneously stop after around 5 minutes. Other times they'll stop if I do a specific task like compile something (which is hard to do with the damn things constantly stealing focus and obstructing the screen).

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b3.../snapshot2.png (I moved them around so you have a better idea, they normally come up right on top of each other)

Any help is appreciated.
 
Old 01-20-2006, 04:53 PM   #2
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Solution is simple. Never run X as root. There is absolutely no reason why one should do this and a bunch of good reasons why one shouldn't. Just use su and sudo.
 
Old 01-20-2006, 04:58 PM   #3
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Solution is simple. Never run X as root. There is absolutely no reason why one should do this and a bunch of good reasons why one shouldn't. Just use su and sudo.
Oh okay, I wasn't sure why I would log onto root in the first place. I just didn't know if it was something I should be worried about or not. It's all new to me

Thanks for the info
 
Old 01-20-2006, 05:35 PM   #4
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See, the root account is a technical account. It is not intended for using computer. People with Windows experience have often wrong ideas about it. MS made all users admin by default for marketing reasons - following their easy-to-use line. And this is one of main reasons why Windows is so insecure. Why there is an armada of Windows zombies at disposal of criminals.
 
  


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