On 11/25/2011 04:06 PM, gnumattx wrote:
> I tried logging on as a
> different user namely Root (to change the Firefox profile and login
please do not do this! not even just to see if it will work!
you should never log into KDE/Gnome/XFCE or any other *nix-like system’s
graphical user interface desktop environment as root…
doing so 1) opens you up to several different security problems if you
(for example) browse the net, 2) too many, far too easy ways to damage
your system no matter how careful your actions (for
example: well documented cases of unintended change of ownership of
~/.ICEauthority and ~/.Xauthority from user to root sometimes occurs),
3) anyway logging into KDE/etc as root is never required to
do any and all administrative duties, 4) and, not even logging in as
root just to see if it works as root is useful, because the “yes” or
“no” learned is almost always totally useless in finding the
problem giving the symptoms…while, logging into the GUI as root to
learn the yes/no could cause the next adverse symptom encountered.
so, always log in as yourself, and “become root” by using a root powered
application (like YaST, File Manager Superuser Mode) or using “su -”,
sudo, kdesu, or gnomesu in a terminal to launch whatever tool is needed
(like Kwrite to edit a config file)…read more on all that here:
additionally: after logging into KDE/Gnome/etc as root, if you
experience problems (for example, with uncommanded file ownership and
permissions changes) and if you can provide us with details of what you
were doing while you were logged in as root, that would help us identify
if there’s a bug that needs to be fixed…thanks for your help…
> When the crash occurs, a small window appears for sending a problem
> report to Mozilla. The “details” log does not contain any in-depth
> explanation other than version information and the URL of the website I
> was attempting to open.
you especially want to avoid surfing the web via firefox when logged in
as root!! and, of course you don’t really have any assurance of what you
might be sending to moz as root, do you?