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Old 10-15-2003, 09:46 AM   #1
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Talking Best: Question about X and top

I started using slackware in about June. I was reading recently and I noticed that when I run the top command, no matter what user I am logged in as and using X, top says X is always being run by root instead of my current username. Is there a reason for this ? Secondly, how is it that root runs X when I am not logged in as root? I'm really confused about that part of it.

thx for the help in advance
Old 10-15-2003, 11:29 AM   #2
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Do you boot in a graphical mode at boot time? That would determine why its being run as root instead of you as a user. If you use startx, should be running as your username, etc.
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The Xfree86 binary is suid, so on execution it switches to the owner, which is root. That's the answer for your second question I think.
Old 10-15-2003, 12:05 PM   #4
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Yeah I use the startx command to start my gui. That's why I found it weird. THx for the replies, I appreciate it


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