Bug#732209: dconf-CRITICAL **: unable to create file '/run/user/1000/dconf/user': Permission denied.

Michael Biebl biebl at debian.org
Thu Apr 14 16:34:19 BST 2016

Am 14.04.2016 um 17:00 schrieb Michael Biebl:
> On Wed, 26 Nov 2014 15:39:15 +0300 =?UTF-8?B?VmxhZCBPcmxvdg==?=
> <monsta at inbox.ru> wrote:
>> reassign 732209 libpam-systemd 215-6
>> thanks
>> Hi,
>> Messing with /run/user/1000/dconf/user ownership seems to be the work
>> of libpam-systemd - somewhat similar things had been happening before,
>> as reported in [1] (and the merged reports).
> I'm not convinced it is libpam-systemd which is responsible here.
> In all cases I read so far, the user was using gksu or su "without -".
> So the environment is not cleared and the
> XDG_RUNTIME_DIR environment still points to the one from the calling user.
> As soon as a dconf-using program is started, this will change the
> permissions of the dconf db (as expected).
> The user should use "su -" and gksu should make sure to clear the
> environment.
> Afaics, there is not to fix on the libpam-systemd/systemd side here.

To verify that point:
Open a shell
gksu xterm
→ XDG_RUNTIME_DIR won't be set

I studied the su man page and it resets
Contrary to sudo, which by default clears the environment (or pkexec).

Why is it that all of the instruments seeking intelligent life in the
universe are pointed away from Earth?

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