why root to set default desktop background?

Todd Zullinger tmz at pobox.com
Tue Aug 11 17:12:02 UTC 2009


Mike Wright wrote:
> This sure seems ridiculous to me.
>
> I changed my desktop background.  No problem.  But when I chose
> "Make Default" I was notified that takes super user permissions.
> What the heck is that about?
>
> This is the user.  This is the user's desktop.

It's not.  The 'Make default' button is for making your chosen
background the system-wide default (the tooltip for the button even
says this).  So it's not at all unreasonable that this requires root
privileges.

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