Could not run "su" in Gnome

Todd W.Janiak todd at
Tue Sep 21 20:55:12 PDT 2004

I am new to FreeBSD and the *nixes in general and have come a long way 
just to get a useful GUI to appear on my screen.  Now I have a hit a 
road block I can't seem to figure out.

I am running 4.10-RELEASE and the latest version of Gnome 2.6, which I 
upgraded with "portupgrade -a". When I try to change any settings under 
"System Tools" that require the admin password such as "Network 
Settings" or "Users and Groups", I receive a prompt asking me for the 
root password.  When I give it, it responds with...

Could not run "su". Make sure you have permission to access this file.

However, it will say this even if I am logged in as root.

Any ideas as to why this is happening?

Furthermore, I can't seem to auto-login with GDM as it say "Access 
Denied" when is starts. I have configure pam.conf and gdm.conf as 
recommend in the FreeBSD Gnome FAQ, A check of the logs show that 
"" cannot be found and there is no such file located in 

Any idea what package or port adds that file?

Thanks in advance for any help you might be able to give.

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