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Date:      Fri, 16 Jan 2009 15:37:50 -0800
From:      Rem P Roberti <remegius@comcast.net>
To:        Jerry McAllister <jerrymc@msu.edu>
Cc:        Beech Rintoul <beech@freebsd.org>, freebsd-questions@freebsd.org
Subject:   Re: skype permissions
Message-ID:  <49711A4E.10305@comcast.net>
In-Reply-To: <20090116223032.GB39667@gizmo.acns.msu.edu>
References:  <4970F8CE.4090307@comcast.net> <200901161234.41120.beech@freebsd.org> <497103F6.3090701@comcast.net> <20090116223032.GB39667@gizmo.acns.msu.edu>

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Jerry McAllister wrote:
> On Fri, Jan 16, 2009 at 02:02:30PM -0800, Rem P Roberti wrote:
>
>   
>>> On Friday 16 January 2009 12:14:54 Rem P Roberti wrote:
>>>  
>>>       
>>>> I have just installed Skype and the only way that I can launch the
>>>> program is
>>>> as root.  I know that that is a permissions thing, but I can't figure
>>>> out how to
>>>> bring up the program as user, or if that is even possible.
>>>>
>>>> Rem
>>>>    
>>>>         
>>> This problem only happens on certain setups and we have been unable to 
>>> find out why it's happening. Skype should (and does) work as a normal user 
>>> and shouldn't require any permission changes.
>>>
>>> Please post the output of any errors you're seeing and the output of uname 
>>> -a. Also, how are you starting skype? What linux_base are you running?
>>>
>>> Beech
>>>
>>>  
>>>       
>> The output of uname -a: FreeBSD bsd.remdog.net 7.1-RELEASE FreeBSD 
>> 7.1-RELEASE #0: Thu Jan  1 14:37:25 UTC 2009     
>> root@logan.cse.buffalo.edu:/usr/obj/usr/src/sys/GENERIC  i386
>>
>> The only way that I can start Skype is via the command line as root.  If 
>> I try to launch
>> the program as user this results: /usr/local/bin/skype: 
>> /usr/local/share/skype/skype: Permission denied
>>
>> I am currently running linux_base-fc6-6_5 which I installed as per 
>> UPDATING 20080318.
>>     
>
> I have never used skype, (might try one of these days) but
> is it possible you have to set the Set-UID bit?
> eg  chmod 4755 /usr/local/bin/skype   ??
> That's a little nasty, but...
>
> ////jerry
>
>
>   

It was worth a shot, but nothing doing.  What's interesting is that on 
another system
that had PC-BSD installed the program would play alright, but if you 
closed down the
system and rebooted it would ask for root's password in order for Skype 
to play.  Something's
definitely weird here.

Rem



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