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Re: Bug#81397: [authorization] fails silently for normal users, cannot start server

On Sat, 6 Jan 2001, Eray Ozkural wrote:

> On Sat, Jan 06, 2001 at 05:18:56PM +0100, Samuel Hocevar wrote:
> >    You might be interested in RTFMing, or checking past bugs, or having
> > a look at /etc/X11/Xwrapper.config.

> I did RTFM mf.

Clearly not, or you would know that XFree4 requires explicit configuration to
allow non-root users to run the X server.  This is most definitely a FEATURE,
added to improve security, /not/ a bug.

Being ignorant of this is excusable; Debian developers are not expected to
know everything about everything that's in unstable.  Whining to debian-devel
because installing unstable broke things for your users, and Cc:ing
debian-devel on all of your bug reports, is NOT excusable.  I don't know why
you think your personal bug reports are so important that they demand the
attention of not only the package maintainer, but *also* everyone subscribed
to d-d, but please stop.

> Got any idea why this is happening? The problem is that
> we just upgraded, didn't alter anything and ended up with a broken
> xinit. How can this be possible?

Despite the inappropriate manner in which this is being reported (and despite 
having nothing to do with the bug that was actually filed), it's true that we
won't want people upgrading from potato to woody to be caught unawares by this
new feature.  Branden, perhaps the XFree4 server package should check if the
previously-installed version was a 3.3 server, and offer to set up the
Xwrapper.config file appropriately?

Steve Langasek
postmodern programmer

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