GConf Error: Failed to contact configuration server using root user
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Binary package hint: gconf
Since Ubuntu 8.10 (I've tried it in 8.10 and 9.04 alpha5) there is a very strange bug. If you set a root password (e.g. with command sudo passwd root) and then log in to root in a terminal using command su a lot of GNOME applications start from this root session with an error like this:
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://
For example, gedit and firefox. But if you log in into root session with command sudo su everything works perfectly. To be honest, I can't understand difference between su and sudo su.
Yes, I extremely well know, that using sudo instead of root account is safer and preferable BUT sometimes it's better and easier to use root account.