[PlanetCCRMA] On the Necessity of Being Root

Benjamin Hardy drycellbattery@yahoo.ca
Fri Feb 3 21:53:01 2006

I was always running my apps as a normal user, not root. Is it still 
better to run Jack, Ardour, et el as root for better real time 
performance? I always had issues with latency but I either blamed it on 
my Audigy card or for using KDE (though I also had problems in XFCE). At 
the moment I'm back to using Windows XP to make use of my Maudio 
Audiophile 192 (and am pretty disappointed about the situation). I still 
check back in the Linux world to see what's happening.

Jan Depner wrote:
> 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
> isolated.
>> 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!

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