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Old 07-01-2005, 12:15 AM   #1
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Burning CDs as a normal user in FC1 using K3B

Hi all, I use FC1 and I am a newbie in Linux. The problem I face is, K3b always wants cdrecord and cdrdao to run with root privileges to burn CDs with stability. Therefore, I am unable burn the CDs 'safely' as a normal user. It seems this problem has been resolved in FC3. So my question is, is there any way to enable cdrecord and cdrdao to run always with root privileges (without me having to give the root password each time) so that I can safely burn CDs through K3b as a normal user?

Also, is it possible to do the same with KPPP as I always need root privileges to connect to the Net? Always having to give the root password for such trivial things don't make sense in my case since I am the sole user of my system.

I hope nothing is impossible in Linux unlike in Window$. :-))

Thank you.
Old 07-01-2005, 12:49 AM   #2
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I'm not sure why K3B is asking for you to run the programs as root. But you could try setting the permissions of your cdrecorder and serial device files to rw for all users. I assume you are using KPPP for a dial up connection using a modem connected to the serial port.

To find out the device file for your cdrecorder, put in a some data CD in your CD drive. Then in the terminal run, "mount". It should print the list of mounted devices, and one of them would be the cdrom device. Or you could open up the /etc/fstab file and look for the line containing /mnt/cdrom and that line will have a /dev/xxx file too. That is the cdrom device file. To set the permissions, you could do (as root):

chmod 666 /dev/xxx

where /dev/xxx is your cdrom device file.

As for the serial port, it should be


Old 08-12-2005, 09:45 AM   #3
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check the premissions of cdrecord, k3b needs to run cdrecord as root.

It should be something like:
-rwsr-xr-- 1 root users 133 2005-01-09 16:55 /usr/bin/cdrecord
Where the non-root user should be a member of the group users.


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