I have been using gparted for years under any ubuntu version. gparted won't start under ubuntu 17.10. Is this a bug of ubuntu 17.10?


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It is known bug of Wayland (I read it as "high security is better than user comfort" and I do not support developer's logic).
It was already reported (see bug 1652282).
Other root applications are broken on Wayland too (see bug 1713313 and bug 1713311 ).

You should switch to "Ubuntu on Xorg" session for such applications.

For applications which use su-to-root and pkexec you may want to add this code to /etc/xdg/autostart/xhost.desktop (see my comment at launchpad) at your own risk with command below:

cat <<EOF | sudo tee /etc/xdg/autostart/xhost.desktop
[Desktop Entry]
Comment=Fix graphical root applications
Exec="xhost +si:localuser:root"

If you do not want permanent solution, you may use @ravery's method:

just type xhost +si:localuser:root in the terminal before launching gparted

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    Too complicated for me. I don't know Wayland neither do I know how to switch to "Ubuntu on Xorg". Can you recommend another program to work with partitions under 17.10?
    – Ulrich
    Oct 22, 2017 at 11:05
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    @Ulrich -- just type xhost +si:localuser:root in the terminal before launching gparted
    – ravery
    Oct 22, 2017 at 11:16
  • @Ulrich, you can choose x11 or wayland when you log into Ubuntu by clicking on the circular icon on the login page. Oct 22, 2017 at 12:35
  • @Ulrich askubuntu.com/questions/961304/…
    – pomsky
    Oct 22, 2017 at 18:52
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    Ravery's comment works, it should be added as an answer
    – Andrew
    Dec 3, 2017 at 20:32

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