[vlc-devel] Occasional hang while running VLC as root

Kaarlo Räihä kaarlo.raiha at gmail.com
Mon Jan 7 14:20:21 CET 2013

2013/1/7 Peter Tap <ptrtap at yahoo.com>

> Folks,
> Enviroment: Ubuntu 12.04 minimal + Openbox. VLC 2.04
> In my custom VLC module, I have to obtain some runtime information from
> the OS that requires root privileges. To solve this problem, I configured
> vlc to run as root and compiled the code.
> This customized version of VLC has been working fine under normal
> conditions. However, during stress testing, when we run a playlist
> continuously for a few days, once in a couple of days we see that the
> system hangs. The keyboard and the mouse do not respond at all.

It is hardware, OS or driver issue. Normal software should not be able to
hang OS.

> There is no other application besides VLC running on the machine. I am
> wondering if there is any side-effect of running VLC as root that may cause
> this problem.
> Thank you in advance for your help.
> Regards,
> Peter
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