Could not run "su" in Gnome

Huw Wynn-Jones huwwynnjones at
Wed Sep 22 11:48:38 PDT 2004

On Wednesday 22 September 2004 05:54, Todd W.Janiak wrote:
> 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
> /usr/libs.
> 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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are you part of the wheel group?

the su command is only available to users which are members of the wheel 

su gives you root privileges so i guess it's pointless to try if you're 
logged in as root. i imagine that's why it complains.

hope this helps


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