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bug#7249: GConf errors when emacs is launched as root via "su"

From: Jan Djärv
Subject: bug#7249: GConf errors when emacs is launched as root via "su"
Date: Wed, 20 Oct 2010 08:09:59 +0200
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2010-10-20 05:39, Rob Browning skrev:

Launching an emacs built with gconf support as root via "su" (not "su
-"), produces this error:

   # emacs --version
   GNU Emacs 23.2.1
   Copyright (C) 2010 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
   You may redistribute copies of Emacs
   under the terms of the GNU General Public License.
   For more information about these matters, see the file named COPYING.

   # emacs -Q
   GConf Error: Failed to contact configuration server; some possible
   causes are that you need to enable TCP/IP networking for ORBit, or you
   have stale NFS locks due to a system crash. See
   http://projects.gnome.org/gconf/ for information. (Details - 1: Failed
   to get connection to session: Did not receive a reply. Possible causes
   include: the remote application did not send a reply, the message bus
   security policy blocked the reply, the reply timeout expired, or the
   network connection was broken.)

Is this the expected behavior?

I think it is. It is a GConf limitation/bug. su followed by for example gedit or gnome-help gives the same error. A bug report to GConf might be in order.

        Jan D.

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