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When I open an application as root I get gnome2-like scrollbars which is fine.


  1. the small arrows at top and bottom of the scrollbars are missing.
  2. the function of clicking between arrow and slider of the scrollbar to "scroll" down one page is also missing, it just jumps to the position of the cursor (making it really hard to scroll through huge list like in Synaptic).

scrollbars as root user

Is there any way to resolve these issues? Can't they look like in Firefox for example?

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You do know that running graphical apps as root user is mostly unnecessary and can be rather dangerous to your system? – guntbert Jan 8 '13 at 18:04
Sure I know. But for example Synaptic is started as root by default. – joschi Jan 8 '13 at 20:59
Inherently, Synaptic must be run as root, lest it be rendered useless. – Josh Jan 10 '13 at 5:02
For Synaptic I figured out that it was the latest BZR build I had installed, just reverted back to Quantal latest version. Question remains for other applications I run as root user. – joschi Jan 10 '13 at 18:33
Are you using sudo or gksu to run your applications? – InkBlend Feb 20 '13 at 5:26

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