I installed IntelliJ IDEA on my system (to
/opt/jetbrains), and want it to be able to modify its files (do self-updating) without enabling any other process to modify them.
I've come up that I will need a system user, to whom the
/opt/jetbrains directory will belong to, and I will run IDEA as that user:
# Set up things sudo mkdir /opt/jetbrains sudo adduser --system --home /opt/jetbrains jetbrains sudo chown jetbrains /opt/jetbrains # Install IDEA wget https://download.jetbrains.com/idea/ideaIU-2017.1.2.tar.gz -O idea.tar.gz sudo -u jetbrains tar -xzf idea.tar.gz -C /opt/jetbrains/ rm idea.tar.gz # Configure idea.desktop # set the 'Exec' line, to run as user jetbrains
what i tried
I tried the following, but I got an error, as well as a password prompt.
sudo su -c "/opt/jetbrains/idea-ultimate/bin/idea.sh" -s /bin/sh jetbrains
sudo -u jetbrains /opt/jetbrains/idea-ultimate/bin/idea.sh
No protocol specified Start Failed: Failed to initialize graphics environment java.awt.AWTError: Can't connect to X11 window server using ':0' as the value of the DISPLAY variable. at sun.awt.X11GraphicsEnvironment.initDisplay(Native Method) at sun.awt.X11GraphicsEnvironment.access$200(X11GraphicsEnvironment.java:65) at sun.awt.X11GraphicsEnvironment$1.run(X11GraphicsEnvironment.java:115) at java.security.AccessController.doPrivileged(Native Method) at sun.awt.X11GraphicsEnvironment.<clinit>(X11GraphicsEnvironment.java:74) at ...
I also tried
gksu -w -u jetbrains gksu /opt/jetbrains/idea-ultimate/bin/idea.sh, but that prompted me a password - of user
jetbrains, who obviously has no password.