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Old 06-10-2005, 07:59 AM   #1
Registered: Nov 2004
Distribution: Ubuntu 5.04
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KDE: Inter-process authentication problems

I'm having trouble with inter-process authentication in KDE 3.4 on Kanotix (although I've seen it on other distros, too).

Here are the symptoms:

- Sometimes (no rhyme or reason) when I kdesu, I receive an error saying, "Unable to enable inter-process communications for KDE. Authentication Rejected, reason: Non of the authentication protocols specified are supported and host-based authentication failed."

- I am unable to access "Administrator Mode" in any of the kcontrol modules

- When I run Konqueror in root-mode in my user account, I stumble across errors and problems starting processes. For instance, I *sometimes* cannot type "media:/" in the location bar, because the media service is not running. But it works find in my user account (and it worked fine just now in a root-mode konqueror, as I tried to get the error message syntax).

I've tried deleting the .ICEauthority file in my user account, but this did no good. Any other ideas?
Old 06-10-2005, 10:48 PM   #2
Registered: Nov 2004
Distribution: Ubuntu 5.04
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Replying to my own post here for the sake of documentation...

Apparently something got hosed in my user account. I simply logged out and logged in as root, changed the password on the user account, and all was well. I was even able to change it back to the original password after logging in once with the new password.

Just another testimonial as to why running as root is a bad idea. If I'd not had a clean root account, I would not have been able to fix this.


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