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    russ513 NNTP User

    Default Totem runs as Root not as a user

    I discovered that Totem runs OK as long as I am logged on as Root, but will not run when I am logged on under my username.

    Under my username I get an error about codec; I know they are installed because it runs under root. The Codecs are under a link under /user/lib the link points to /user/lib/win32 and that is where the codecs files are.

    Why can my system see them when I am Root but not as a user ?

    Is there a Path or some configuration problem that needs corrected ?

    I am using OpenSuse 10.3 on an older IBM THinkpad T21. Almost everything seems to work OK.

    Thanks for any advice.

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    Default Re: Totem runs as Root not as a user

    Quote Originally Posted by russ513 View Post
    Why can my system see them when I am Root but not as a user ?
    What are the permissions of the contents of /user/lib/win32?
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    Default Re: Totem runs as Root not as a user

    Quote Originally Posted by russ513 View Post
    I discovered that Totem runs OK as long as I am logged on as Root, but will not run when I am logged on under my username.
    Does it make any difference if you add your regular user to group "audio"? [Note after making such a change, you need to log out and log back in].

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    russ513 NNTP User

    Default Re: Totem runs as Root not as a user

    I can access the files and run executables in those directories.

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    russ513 NNTP User

    Default Re: Totem runs as Root not as a user

    These are good tips, as they forced me to douple check some things; but they did not work.

    I am (and was) a member of the Audio Group (also member of Root)

    I am really the only user on the machine, so I gave myself access and privelages that I would not have allowed other persons in my department.

    One thing I have not been able to check are the 'Path' statements.

    I would like to compare the Path statement for 'Root' to the Path statement in my own configuration file.

    I look at my .profile file, and it really does not contain a Path statement; and I do not know where else to look for a Path statement for my username, nor where to look for the Path for Root.

    Perhaps I am looking the wrong place with this 'Path' business !

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    Default Re: Totem runs as Root not as a user

    On Tue, 15 Jul 2008 18:36:03 GMT
    russ513 <russ513@no-mx.forums.opensuse.org> wrote:

    >
    > These are good tips, as they forced me to douple check some things;
    > but they did not work.
    >
    > I am (and was) a member of the Audio Group (also member of Root)
    >
    > I am really the only user on the machine, so I gave myself access and
    > privelages that I would not have allowed other persons in my
    > department.
    >
    > One thing I have not been able to check are the 'Path' statements.
    >
    > I would like to compare the Path statement for 'Root' to the Path
    > statement in my own configuration file.
    >
    > I look at my .profile file, and it really does not contain a Path
    > statement; and I do not know where else to look for a Path statement
    > for my username, nor where to look for the Path for Root.
    >
    > Perhaps I am looking the wrong place with this 'Path' business !
    >
    >

    Hi
    echo $PATH or env (will give lots more information) Note if you su to
    root user, use the - as well to use roots environment.

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    russ513 NNTP User

    Default Re: Totem runs as Root not as a user

    Thanks everyone . . . based on other posts in this and other forums; I took the easy road and installed VLC Videolan - and de-installed Totem. The install was relatively easy and it runs fine so far.

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