Bug#751960: gksu nautilus freezes after a while

Z bugs at theloosespoke.org.uk
Wed Jun 18 10:11:20 UTC 2014

Package: gksu
Version: 2.0.2-6
Severity: important

Dear Maintainer,

I wanted to run nautilus as root from a standard (not admin) account. I tried
to do this by running gksu nautilus, and it seemed to work, but after a bit it
froze, allowing me to move the mouse but nothing else. I could access the tty,
and so I could see that gnome-shell and tomboy had very hight cpu usages
(~100%, first tomboy, then when I killed it, gnome). In the end I had to shut
the computer down. I found that this happened when I ran gksu nautilus either
through alt-f2 in gnome shell to get command prompt, or using synapse. It also
happened in KDE plasma to a large extent, although I was unable to access tty
to see what was going on. This did not happen when running simply nautilus
through command prompt, or running gsku with other programs (gksu dolphin), or
when running nautilus as root more generally. To run nautilus as root another
way, I was unable to do it through root terminal as it refused to launch
nautilus, but I was able to do so through normal terminal running from and
admin account and then running sudo nautilus. Ideally it would run fine and
wouldn't crash.

-- System Information:
Debian Release: jessie/sid
  APT prefers testing-updates
  APT policy: (500, 'testing-updates'), (500, 'testing')
Architecture: amd64 (x86_64)
Foreign Architectures: i386

Kernel: Linux 3.14-1-amd64 (SMP w/4 CPU cores)
Locale: LANG=en_GB.utf8, LC_CTYPE=en_GB.utf8 (charmap=UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/dash

Versions of packages gksu depends on:
ii  libatk1.0-0               2.12.0-1
ii  libc6                     2.19-1
ii  libcairo2                 1.12.16-2
ii  libfontconfig1            2.11.0-5
ii  libfreetype6              2.5.2-1
ii  libgconf2-4               3.2.6-2
ii  libgdk-pixbuf2.0-0        2.30.7-1
ii  libgksu2-0                2.0.13~pre1-7
ii  libglib2.0-0              2.40.0-3
ii  libgnome-keyring0         3.4.1-1
ii  libgtk2.0-0               2.24.23-1
ii  libpango1.0-0             1.36.3-1
ii  libstartup-notification0  0.12-3
ii  sudo                      1.8.9p5-1

Versions of packages gksu recommends:
ii  gnome-keyring  3.8.2-2+b1

gksu suggests no packages.

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