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How do I run i3status as root?

asked 2012-11-03 03:44:03 +0000

joehillen gravatar image

updated 2012-11-03 03:44:56 +0000

In the i3status config it says:

ethernet eth0 {  
    # if you use %speed, i3status requires root privileges  
    format_up = "E: %ip (%speed)"  
    format_down = "E: down"  

Also download speed is not shown. I assume that is related to not being root.

How do I run it as root? I'm on Ubuntu 12.04.

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answered 2012-11-03 03:58:58 +0000

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Please read man 1 i3status:

Getting the link speed requires the capnetadmin capability. Set it using setcap capnetadmin=ep $(which i3status).

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Ah, I think I misunderstood what it is supposed to do. I thought it would show the upload/download rate, not the max speed of the network device. Not that useful. Thanks though.

joehillen gravatar imagejoehillen ( 2012-11-03 06:34:12 +0000 )edit

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