Opened 16 years ago

Closed 16 years ago

#2066 closed defect (fixed)

virtualbox-2.0 the start fails with GTK Warning => fixed in 2.0.2

Reported by: Night Train Owned by:
Component: other Version: VirtualBox 2.0.0
Keywords: virtualbox2 ubuntu hardy 64 bit Cc:
Guest type: other Host type: Linux


hi guys

i installed virtualbox-2.0 from repository with synaptic on ubuntu hardy heron 8.04.1 64 bit without mistakes

when run the application I receive the following message:

user@user:~$ VirtualBox

(process:14944): Gtk-WARNING : This process is currently running setuid or setgid. This is not a supported use of GTK+. You must create a helper program instead. For further details, see:

Refusing to initialize GTK+.

the previous versions of virtualbox worked correctly


Night Train

Change History (8)

comment:1 by aeichner, 16 years ago

Do you use a QT theme which is using GTK+ to draw the GUI? Try to select another theme.

comment:2 by Nick, 16 years ago

I had the same problem. I was using the Qgtkstyle Qt theme which does use GTK to draw. I opened the Qt4 config settings and changed it to Cleanlooks and VirutalBox works now. I hope this can be fixed because I really like the integration of Qgtkstyle.

in reply to:  2 comment:3 by Night Train, 16 years ago

the same for me after to have changed with qt-config


Night Train

comment:4 by Jens Bache-Wiig, 16 years ago

This is arguably not a bug at all. GTK+ refuses initializing if an application calls any of these functions (see QGtkStyle can probably not work around this, but the solution pointed to by the error message is to launch virtualbox using gksudo or a similar tool: 'gksudo VirtualBox" and the app should start up with the correct priviliges removing the need to call setuid at all.

It seems VirtualBox tries to work around this by refusing to start up QGtkStyle at the moment though which seems like a problem however.

comment:5 by Jens Bache-Wiig, 16 years ago

Just a followup as I believe I commented a bit to fast here. ;) I modified QGtkStyle to gracefully fall back to QCleanlooks and print a warning in such cases rather than dumping the GTK+ error directly. A warning will be printed on startup, suggesting that users start the app using 'gksudo', 'kdesudo' or a similar tool.

in reply to:  5 comment:6 by Night Train, 16 years ago

why to use sudo? it would not be better without?

Night Train

comment:7 by Christian Pötzsch, 16 years ago

Summary: virtualbox-2.0 the start fails with GTK Warningvirtualbox-2.0 the start fails with GTK Warning => fixed in 2.0.2

comment:8 by Sander van Leeuwen, 16 years ago

Resolution: fixed
Status: newclosed
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