VLC is not supposed to be run as root. Sorry. – Solution


in Linux, Troubleshootings

Today i captured one tutorial using recordmydesktop utility on my backtrack and decided to view it but unfortunately backtrack 5 Linux didn’t include a good media player to do entertainment 😀 when you get bored with dirty work.

Anyways, i installed vlc using following command ;
aptitude install vlc

And tried to run vlc as root i got error on my terminal ;

VLC is not supposed to be run as root. Sorry.
If you need to use real-time priorities and/or privileged TCP ports
you can use vlc-wrapper (make sure it is Set-UID root and
cannot be run by non-trusted users first).

This error says straight forward vlc can not be run as root privileged user. What to do now? Don’t be panic. Here is the hacked solution 😀
vi /usr/bin/vlc
search for geteuid and replace it with getppid

Save file & Exit.

Now it should work, try to run it again 😉

Note : This is a very bad practice to run certain application with administrative rights. Do it at your own risk! 😉

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It saved my time. I am able to run vlc from root user.



I had tried to compile VLC with the option configure “./configure –enable-run-as-root” but it did not work.
When I saw this post, I used the “graphic version of Vi “sudo apt-get install vim-gnome” and gvim /usr/bin/vlc. With the search feature, I replaced geteuid with getppid, and like magic VLC is up and running.

A huge thanks for you!


That’s good.


small and usefull


Nice and clean. Running VLC on my root account.

Thanks and deep bow


thx bro


:O thanks 😉


Hey Thanks for your this suggestion
its working for me, since last couple of days i am facing the issue but now its resolve
Thanks a lot again


i did what you have mentioned but it is not working

Syed Alam

share more details.


Many many tanx …
Was looking for such a thing 3 days


thanks bro this is really magic for me.


GREAT !!! GREAT !!! GREAT !!!, it saves my day

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