run vlc as root

sed -i 's/geteuid/getppid/g' /usr/bin/vlc
Enable root user to run VLC

By: nadavkav
2014-11-21 17:43:59

What Others Think

Why on earth would you want to do this? One malicious video or music file and you could compromise your whole machine. (Besides on my machine /usr/bin/vlc is a binary so your command won't work).
flatcap · 374 weeks and 1 day ago
I always (15+ years) use my system as root. I never had any issues. from all the apps I use, vlc is the only app that insist on running under normal user privileges. I do not see how can a movie or a music file can compromise my system. Can you give a real example? After each upgrade of vlc I run the above command to enable vlc to run as root. (It works on the vlc binary) hope some people find it useful :-)
nadavkav · 373 weeks and 4 days ago
"I've smoked cigarettes for 15 years and I don't have any lung cancer!" 1. Running everything as root is stupid 2. Running a media player as root is stupid 3. Your method for editing the vlc binary using a string substitution is stupid 4. It was stupid to post this 5. Everyone is now stupider for having read it
malathion · 371 weeks and 2 days ago
So let it be written - "The waters must be chummed." Don't listen to Malathion; he is just grumpy because he didn't think of that idea first.
themilkrat · 80 weeks and 1 day ago

What do you think?

Any thoughts on this command? Does it work on your machine? Can you do the same thing with only 14 characters?

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