[PlanetCCRMA] On the Necessity of Being Root

Jan Depner eviltwin69@cableone.net
Fri Feb 3 14:45:02 2006

On Fri, 2006-02-03 at 13:19 -0800, Brian Good wrote:
> Hi all,
> I've been lurking for a year now, but I've been too busy to do more than 
> dabble.  I understand the
> argument for doing your audio work as root, but if the net is your textbook 
> the inhibition about net
> surfing as root impedes study and switching  back and forth between virtual 
> terminals is just too
> cumbersome so I wish this stuff could be made to run by mere mortal users.

    You don't have to run as root anymore but don't ask me how to set it
up ;-)  I run my window manager as a normal user but I run
JACK/qjackctl, Ardour, and JAMin as root.  I just have icons on my KDE
desktop that run as root (it's easy to set up).  When I click one it
asks me for the root password.  I trust the people who are maintaining
JACK/qjackctl, Ardour, and JAMin (I would certainly hope so ;-) so I
don't worry about those applications causing problems on my system.
When I'm doing serious recording (8 channels for me) I'll log in using
fluxbox as root - my startup script for qjackctl shuts down ALL
extraneous processes, including the network so that my system is

> Thank you, Fernando, for all your fine work.  And thanks to the other board 
> gurus for their generous advice, which has benefited me second hand many 
> times.

    Second that!

Jan 'Evil Twin' Depner
The Fuzzy Dice

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