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Old 05-09-2018, 01:43 AM   #1
mrmazda
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When is the superuser not a superuser?


I would have posted to a multimedia or sound & video forum, but LinuxQuestions doesn't seem to have one.

I've known about VLC not working for root for quite some time. Thus I use SMplayer when push comes to shove. Alternatives to the Firefox requires pulseaudio situation is more bleak. I never needed PA for anything before. SeaMonkey works for now without PA denigration and overhead. And my main squeeze openSUSE does build FF without the PA mandate, but only permits installing one version at at a time.

Do all pre-built distros prevent root from using PA? I suppose any like Gentoo and Slack can flip switches to avoid the annoyances.

What else can't a superuser do?

Don't bother chastising about what root shouldn't be doing. It's amply done elsewhere and not topical here. They're my PCs. What the superuser can't do shouldn't be expected to work for any other user. Until everything works, there should be no point creating regular users on minimal test installations unless to somehow satisfy heavy handed regulators that they've done all they can do to prevent foot-shooting and other dire consequences on throw-away installations.
 
Old 05-09-2018, 02:15 AM   #2
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What the superuser can't do shouldn't be expected to work for any other user.
This is false.
VLC and other [similar] softwares definitely can work using root (and any other user), just running as root is not recommended. This is not about can or cannot do, but something like intended behavior, intended restriction.

In general softwares which [can] handle data from the net directly, like browsers and therefore may harm your computer are restricted, just because better to protect the system.
And they (who wrote those programs) do not really care if you don't care about it.
 
Old 05-09-2018, 03:40 PM   #3
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Some distro's make it difficult by design to run things as root user.

They are trying to force you to better use their distro. You'd have to study how each distro was configured to prevent this poor practice to determine to what extent it affects your issue.
 
  


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