synaptic does not run under wayland

Bug #1731324 reported by Javi
This bug affects 14 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
synaptic (Debian)
synaptic (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

After installed Synaptic (by the Software app) and I wanted run it, the app does not run in Ubuntu 17.10. Appears a window asking to type de SUDO password, but does not run. Synaptic is still the best way to install/uninstall software.

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 17.10
Package: synaptic (not installed)
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 4.13.0-16.19-generic 4.13.4
Uname: Linux 4.13.0-16-generic x86_64
ApportVersion: 2.20.7-0ubuntu3.1
Architecture: amd64
CurrentDesktop: ubuntu:GNOME
Date: Thu Nov 9 19:26:46 2017
InstallationDate: Installed on 2017-11-09 (0 days ago)
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 17.10 "Artful Aardvark" - Release amd64 (20171018)
 PATH=(custom, no username)
SourcePackage: synaptic
UpgradeStatus: No upgrade log present (probably fresh install)

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Javi (javicmrs) wrote :
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Jean-Baptiste Lallement (jibel) wrote :

Thanks for your report. This is a known limitation with wayland.

tags: added: wayland
removed: wayland-session
Changed in synaptic (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
importance: Undecided → High
summary: - synaptic does not run
+ synaptic does not run under wayland
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David (dmacdo89) wrote :

The following is the error that pops up when attempting to open Synaptic via terminal:

(synaptic:4201): Gtk-WARNING **: cannot open display: :0

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Douglas Souza (douglascpsouza) wrote :

Wayland is designed to not allow elevated (sudo -H, gksu ...) permissions with GUI application programs.

There is a workaround to allow graphical application programs owned by other users than the logged in user in Wayland:

xhost +si:localuser:root

Take a look at:

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