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Bug 598335 - Root cannot access "computer:" from Nautilus
Summary: Root cannot access "computer:" from Nautilus
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6
Classification: Red Hat
Component: nautilus
Version: 6.0
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: rc
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Assignee: Tomáš Bžatek
QA Contact:
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2010-06-01 06:17 UTC by Max Chung
Modified: 2015-03-03 22:48 UTC (History)
1 user (show)

Fixed In Version:
Doc Type: Bug Fix
Doc Text:
Clone Of:
Last Closed: 2010-06-01 09:57:53 UTC
Target Upstream Version:

Attachments (Terms of Use)
An error dialogue box saying that nautilus could not display "computer:". (deleted)
2010-06-01 06:17 UTC, Max Chung
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Description Max Chung 2010-06-01 06:17:21 UTC
Created attachment 418486 [details]
An error dialogue box saying that nautilus could not display "computer:".

Description of problem:
Root cannot access "computer:" from Nautilus

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Nautilus 2.28.4

How reproducible:
Happens every time.

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Run Terminal
2. Type in su -
3. Type in nautilus --no-desktop
4. Click on computer icon in toolbar
Actual results:
An error dialogue box appears saying that it could not display "computer:".

Expected results:
Nautilus goes to "computer:///" and displays all the drives on my computer.

Additional info:
This does not happen for regular users.

Comment 2 Tomáš Bžatek 2010-06-01 09:56:42 UTC
This is a dbus limitation and this will not work. At least not in RHEL6. You would have to run separate dbus session under your root session and make sure not to propagate environment from the host desktop session. People should not really run GUI applications under root, that's what PolicyKit was designed for.

Please see related upstream bug

Comment 3 RHEL Product and Program Management 2010-06-01 09:57:53 UTC
Development Management has reviewed and declined this request.  You may appeal
this decision by reopening this request.

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