Linux - SoftwareThis forum is for Software issues.
Having a problem installing a new program? Want to know which application is best for the job? Post your question in this forum.
Welcome to LinuxQuestions.org, a friendly and active Linux Community.
You are currently viewing LQ as a guest. By joining our community you will have the ability to post topics, receive our newsletter, use the advanced search, subscribe to threads and access many other special features. Registration is quick, simple and absolutely free. Join our community today!
Note that registered members see fewer ads, and ContentLink is completely disabled once you log in.
bat is a GUI tool so needs to run under X. Running X as root is considered insecure or dangerous.
Many distros have package-manager GUIs that need to be run with root privileges. There do not seem to be any problems. The 'buntu's have synaptic (gnome) and adept (KDE) as well as the command-line apt-get, aptitude etc.
There is a difference between "Running X as root" and running an application as root, on X.
Regards su and sudo, my su root bat was never going to work. Experimenting shows only sudo does work:
c@CW8:~$ su root -c bat
No protocol specified
bat: cannot connect to X server :0.0
c@CW8:~$ su -
bat: cannot connect to X server
c@CW8:~$ sudo bat
[bat ran OK]
Originally Posted by tredegar
Your solution with the group bacula, looks fine, but I do not think it is necessary.