A couple of weeks ago I double clicked my Synaptic desktop icon by mistake and
cancelled one instance. Since then, the command
gksu -u root /usr/sbin/synaptic
pops up the password prompt but then segfaults when return is pressed.
The same thing happens when I specify another of the sbin programs instead of
synaptic. I can run synaptic from a root shell. I'm running AMD 64 unstable
A gksu lock file is left in my home directory after the crash, so I delete
this. I also tried deleting or renaming .Xauthority - this leads to an
announcement that the .Xauthority file is being regenerated before the
segfault. The .Xauthority file is NOT remade however.
One thing I have yet to try is to clean up both the lockfile and .Xauthority
and then restart X, but I thought it might be worth asking if anyone else
recognizes the problem first.