[manjaro-dev] [Manjaro Linux Support] sudo lxappearance makes system crash in manjaro lxde

Rob McCathie korrode at gmail.com
Fri Dec 13 14:04:07 CET 2013

The research I just did indicates that of recent times lxappearance is not
the simplistic little GTK theme setter it used to be, these days it has
some kind of integration with lxsession, and uses dbus too. From what I
understand it's simply not compatible with sudo/su due to the ways it now
(attempts to) discover the users current theme settings, which is not
simply through file system access of ~/gtkrc-2.0 like it used to be.

My tests on the live ISO showed becoming root with su (not sudo) and then
running lxappearance does make it appear (though with a dbus error in the
terminal), however it does not appear to function for setting root's GTK

I read that you can choose to disable dbus at compile time and then it
works like it used to (i didn't test this), but we can't do that for the
default package, as it has the potential to break LXDE functionality

I assume you can log into an X session as root and then set root's GTK
theme with lxappearance.


On Fri, Dec 13, 2013 at 8:09 PM, Philip Müller <philm at manjaro.org> wrote:

> Hi mate,
> I'll take a look at it.
> greez
> Phil
> On 12/12/2013 11:01 PM, Axel wrote:
>> From: Axel <fakemailforprivacysorry at live.net>
>> Subject: sudo lxappearance makes system crash in manjaro lxde
>> Message Body:
>> Hi,
>> first of all thanks to all the Manjaro developers for your hard work!
>> This distro is great!
>> I want to signal a bug , I actually don't know if it's a bug related to
>>  the LXDE spin or a bug of the  lxappearance package.
>> When I run from terminal   "  sudo lxappearance  "  (cause I need to run
>> lxappearance as  root for remove the icons sets  that I want to delete) the
>> entire system goes crash and the only thing I can do is move the mouse.
>> I've never had this problem running LXDE. This bug is present  both in
>> the LXDE spin installed on HD and in the live cd.
>> Thanks for your hard work, and please resolve this issue
>> --
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