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  1. #1
    nedux NNTP User

    Default Skype want root privileges?

    I haven't installed skype, i have downloaded it (static version) untared it and ran ./skype in that folder to use it.
    Later when i rebooted the system i got very scary popup message:

    The action you requested needds root privileges. Please enter root's password below or click ignore to continiue with your current privileges.

    Command: ./skype -session

    (below it gave me space to enter passwd, button to remember passwd and below of that regular buttons "ignore", "ok" and "cancel")
    Why skype for any reason whatsoever asking me for root privileges?

  2. #2

    Default Re: Skype want root privileges?

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    Mine doesn't.... I can't imagine why it would unless you installed as
    'root' or extracted as 'root' or something.

    Good luck.





    nedux wrote:
    > I haven't installed skype, i have downloaded it (static version) untared
    > it and ran ./skype in that folder to use it.
    > Later when i rebooted the system i got very scary popup message:
    >
    >> The action you requested needds root privileges. Please enter root's
    >> password below or click ignore to continiue with your current
    >> privileges.
    >>
    >> Command: ./skype -session
    >>
    >> (below it gave me space to enter passwd, button to remember passwd and
    >> below of that regular buttons "ignore", "ok" and "cancel")

    >
    > Why skype for any reason whatsoever asking me for root privileges?
    >
    >

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  3. #3
    brassy NNTP User

    Default Re: Skype want root privileges?

    my _guess_ is: the last time you shut down you left Skype
    running...and, the system is trying to relaunch it but, for some
    reason can't do that without root powers..

    AND, since that problem doesn't occur here (or on AB's machine) and
    reading "I haven't installed skype" i'd say if you *do* install skype
    (per the directions, whatever they are--i forgot it has been so long)
    then _your_ problem will go away, also..

    --
    brassy

  4. #4
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    Default Re: Skype want root privileges?

    Why don't you download the rpm? That's a much easier instal and it works without a hitch.
    Pete

  5. #5
    nedux NNTP User

    Default Re: Skype want root privileges?

    @peteh100 & @brassy
    i haven't installed it. i do not want to install it because it's not opensource. using it i do (very seldom) but i chose to use static version.

    @ab
    i would never run executable of a closed source app as 'root' would it be running it or as simple as extracting tar.


    i will try to tail ps and post later my findings.
    i don't like it a bit.

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