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Old 02-12-2006, 02:33 PM   #1
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FATAL error: root password not recognized

For some freaking reason I am suddenly getting this error message when I try to use SYNAPTIC pm to install packages:
Failed to run /usr/bin/gnome-app-install as user root:
Unable to copy the user's Xauthorization file.


Any idea to get this working again??

Ubuntu 5.10 BB GNOME

Old 02-12-2006, 05:04 PM   #2
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Did it used to work? If so, you changed something that prevents Synaptic from running with root priviliges, which are required to install packages. You could always try opening a terminal, su'ing to root, and running it.
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If you're getting this error after you su, try running the following after the su command (username is the user you were prior to the su):
/usr/X11R6/bin/xauth merge ~username/.Xauthority
I sometimes have to change the ownership of ~username/.Xauthority back to username after doing this, but apart from that it works fine.
Old 02-13-2006, 12:18 AM   #4
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I rebooted and then it came back to normal; but when I log off and log back in it starts misbehaving. THis has happened after I trigger-happy installed firestarter in Automatix.

But for now I am fine. Will nto log off.
Iwill keep your suggestion at hand, though.


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