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    "GConf error" when open files under root account

    I put this post on another debian site,but no answers
    Debian User Forums :: View topic - "GConf error" prompt when open files under root ac

    the more detail information as below:
    I installed lenny,then I enable the testing respositories and run "apt-get dist-upgrade" to update my OS and run"apt-get autoremove " to clean unnecessary packages.

    during this period ,I found debian remove the "gedit,gdm,etc,." but in ubuntu,it never happened when I used aboved two commands to update my OS.

    Now the problem is when i try to open somthing by using gedit on the shell while using root account,then the system gives errors as below

    (nautilus:5245): Eel-WARNING **: GConf error:
      Failed to contact configuration server; some possible causes are that you need to enable TCP/IP networking for ORBit, or you have stale NFS locks due to a system crash. See for information. (Details -  1: Failed to get connection to session: Did not receive a reply. Possible causes include: the remote application did not send a reply, the message bus security policy blocked the reply, the reply timeout expired, or the network connection was broken.)

    but if I use "sudo" instead ,then everything is OK
    it seems somthing wrong about the configuration of root account
    I deleted .gconfd under the root folder,but no helps
    and restarted dbus daemon again,also no helps

    So now i want to know ,how to figure out this problem,
    how to reconfigure the root account
    later which command can be used to update my tesing (squeeze) system

    Thanks in advance!

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    Linux Guru reed9's Avatar
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    This is about all I could find on this: Linux Mint Forums • View topic - [Error] Starting Nautilus as root. Looks like the issue is a mixed install of gnome 2.22 and 2.24. There's a bug report on it: Bug 555745 - Programs using Gconf fail if you start via "su" (GConf)

    Take a look at the smxi scripts for help with upgrading the system: smxi sgfxi svmi rbxi :: home page
    Smxi - MEPIS Documentation Wiki

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