gedit overwrite dconf config with root permission

Bug #1315835 reported by asgard2 on 2014-05-04
This bug affects 2 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
gedit (Ubuntu)

Bug Description


gedit overrides the /home/user/.config/dconf/user file and convert it to root user.
Also the gedit config files where overritten as root.

The problem exists since xubuntu 14.04.

I tried sudo, gksudo and sudo -H, but it does not change anything.


asgard2 (kamp000x) on 2014-05-04
summary: - gedit overwrite config files with root permission
+ gedit overwrite dconf config with root permission
dino99 (9d9) wrote :

Does not get that issue with 'ubuntu' , so seems a 'xubuntu' one only.

asgard2 (kamp000x) wrote :

I tested this at a clean xubuntu vm, there is the same bug.
But at my lubuntu, the owner of the user file does not change.

Yes, it seems to be xubuntu only.

Jason Eisner (jason-cs) wrote :

I am having the same problem on a different system.
I am using Linux Mint 17.1 "Rebecca", MATE Edition (a derivative of Ubuntu 14.04).
In MATE (a Gnome 2 fork), gedit has been renamed to pluma.

Specifically, just starting up
    sudo pluma
makes the ownership of ~/.config/dconf/user immediately change from myusername.myusername to root.root.

This is a horrible bug! When I reboot much later, my user preferences all appear to be toast. No panel, no background, no keyboard remapping ... And it's hardly obvious why or how to fix it. It's very hard to track down that it boils down to permissions on a mysterious, hidden file that I never even touched!

Is this the right place to report the bug? I found this ticket by searching the web for .config/dconf/user permissions.

dino99 (9d9) wrote :

So what is the status actually , as so many fixes/upgrades have been done ?

Changed in gedit (Ubuntu):
status: New → Incomplete
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

[Expired for gedit (Ubuntu) because there has been no activity for 60 days.]

Changed in gedit (Ubuntu):
status: Incomplete → Expired
W Zhang (esvhd) wrote :

I experienced this problem in Ubuntu 18.04 LTS today...

Changed in gedit (Ubuntu):
status: Expired → New
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

Status changed to 'Confirmed' because the bug affects multiple users.

Changed in gedit (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
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