vnc-problem with idle running as sudo on raspberry pi

Discussion in 'Python' started by Jean Dubois, Dec 22, 2013.

  1. Jean Dubois

    Jean Dubois Guest

    I found the following solution to use idle on the raspberry pi
    as sudoer (which is necessary or at least comfortable when programming the
    1. Open a terminal
    2. type cd ~/Desktop
    3. type touch idle_as_root
    4. type nano idle_as_root
    5. type in sudo idle
    6. exit nano
    7. type in sudo chmod +x idle_as_root
    8. Close terminal
    9. Double click on the idle_as_root program on your desktop

    This all works fine as long as I use X, however
    I also want to use it via vnc
    For vnc I did the following:
    Installed script "tightvncserver" on the RPiwith the following contents:
    # /etc/init.d/tightvncserver
    case "$1" in
    # su $VNCUSER -c '/usr/bin/tightvncserver :1'
    su -l $VNCUSER -c '/usr/bin/tightvncserver :1'
    echo "Starting TightVNC server for $VNCUSER "
    pkill Xtightvnc
    echo "Tightvncserver stopped"
    echo "Usage: /etc/init.d/tightvncserver {start|stop}"
    exit 1
    exit 0

    sudo chmod 755 /etc/init.d/tightvncserver
    sudo update-rc.d tightvncserver defaults

    when starting the script manually like this
    sudo /etc/init.d/tightvncserver start
    everything works as expected i.e. I can click on the idle_as_root-icon and
    it works as expected.
    If however I reboot the system, the service does start and I do see the
    rpi-desktop but clicking the idle_as_root-icon doesn't work. Manually
    trying to start it as follows show an error:
    pi@raspberrypi ~ $ sudo idle
    Client is not authorized to connect to ServerTraceback (most recent call
    File "/usr/bin/idle", line 5, in <module>
    File "/usr/lib/python2.7/idlelib/", line 1427, in main
    root = Tk(className="Idle")
    File "/usr/lib/python2.7/lib-tk/", line 1712, in __init__ = _tkinter.create(screenName, baseName, className,
    interactive, wantobjects, useTk, sync, use)
    _tkinter.TclError: couldn't connect to display ":1.0"

    Does someone here have a solution for this problem?
    thanks in advance
    Jean Dubois, Dec 22, 2013
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  2. Jean Dubois

    Jean Dubois Guest

    Op zondag 22 december 2013 14:02:47 UTC+1 schreef Jean Dubois:
    I was wrong writing idle_as_root worked this way. As a matter of fact,
    this method also does not work as expected, as can be seen from this

    X11 connection rejected because of wrong authentication.

    New 'X' desktop is raspberrypi:1

    Starting applications specified in /home/pi/.vnc/xstartup
    Log file is /home/pi/.vnc/raspberrypi:1.log

    Starting TightVNC server for pi
    Jean Dubois, Dec 22, 2013
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  3. In future, I suspect you'll need to take questions like this that don't
    really have anything to do with Python to a Raspberry Pi forum or e-mail
    list. Or a general Linux list.

    Short answer:

    Edit /etc/sudoers and add this line somewhere in it (probably near other
    lines that look similar):

    Defaults env_keep += "DISPLAY XAUTHORITY"

    If that doesn't work, then you'll have to talk to folks running the
    Rasbian on their Pi. Sometimes XAUTHORITY isn't set.
    Michael Torrie, Dec 22, 2013
  4. Jean Dubois

    Jean Dubois Guest

    Op zondag 22 december 2013 18:06:39 UTC+1 schreef Michael Torrie:
    I thought this would be something python-people are familiar with, after
    all idle is a Python IDE and running it as a root sometimes is necessary.
    I tried out your suggestion but it didn't work, however googling the line
    you suggested brought me close to a solution:
    the following command does the trick:
    xhost +local:root

    unfortunately putting it in ~/.bash_profile doesn't make it work
    after booting, neither does putting it in ~/.xsession, in ~/.xinitrc nor
    in an autostart-file in ~/.config/openbox/
    putting it in .bashrc does work _after_ opening a terminal which isn't
    very nice.

    thanks and kind regards,
    Jean Dubois, Dec 23, 2013
  5. On most desktop distros like Fedora, sudo idle would indeed work.

    The fact that it's not working on your pi, means it must be specific to
    the distro that your pi is running. And by the way you never mentioned
    what distro this is.
    The solution likely lies in understanding how MIT-Cookie's work with X11
    and how to use xauth.
    Michael Torrie, Dec 23, 2013
  6. Jean Dubois

    Jean Dubois Guest

    Op maandag 23 december 2013 16:29:09 UTC+1 schreef Michael Torrie:
    In fact no need for that, changing sudo /usr/bin/idle to gksu /usr/bin/idle
    is all is needed to make this work.

    kind regards,
    Jean Dubois, Dec 23, 2013
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