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Re: Emacs from Xterm

On Thu, 2002-07-04 at 14:21, Henrik Enberg wrote:
> Bill Spears <bspears@easystreet.com> writes:

> > So I tried emacs /etc/lilo.conf from an xterm and got error:
> > emacs couldn't connect to Xserver and some suggestions about
> >  xhost, which didn't work. ... use it
> > as root sometimes (anybody knowing how to use a user started Emacs
> `xhost +localhost' will let you run X apps when su'ed to root.  This is
> however a terrible idea security-wise. A much, much better approach is
> to do `emacs -nw' so Emacs runs in a terminal window without X.

Consider installing the sudo package and using that to perform
operations as root.  With sudo installed and configured, I can run
X applications and not compromise X security.

All you have to do is add a line like:

YourUserId     ALL=(ALL) ALL

in the /etc/sudoers and you can use sudo to do everything that you
would do as root. /etc/sudoers should be edited using visudo.


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