[arch-general] Permanently allow root access

Damjan gdamjan at gmail.com
Mon Feb 10 13:10:30 EST 2014

On 01.02.2014 04:55, piruthiviraj natarajan wrote:
> I want to run root X application in a terminal.
> [root at archbox ~]# smplayer
> smplayer: cannot connect to X server
> [root at archbox ~]#
> I followed the wiki
> https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Running_X_apps_as_root
> added  export XAUTHORITY=/home/archie/.Xauthority  to /etc/profile.
> After this I am not able to login with my user account archie through gdm.
> Deleting the added line to /etc/profile let me log back in.
> How can I get  this thing working as I wish?
> I definitely don't prefer the method given under temporarily allow root
> access as per the wiki page, since in other distribution I can start the X
> applications in a root terminal without a hitch. I  would like to start
> root X applications in a terminal.

why don't you just use sudo?

$ sudo env

those are propagated by default (I don't remember setting this up)


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