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I have installed a vlc in centos 6.5. I want to run it as root. But I get the following error,

"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)."

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Out of curiosity, what would be the reason to do this ? – kursus Apr 19 '14 at 14:09
So use vlc-wrapper like it says? – Kevin Apr 19 '14 at 20:41
Pro-tip: Do not do this. – HalosGhost Jun 30 '14 at 22:14
Hope this helps you out. hackingzones.com/run-vlc-as-root-in-linux-ubuntu-pear-os Chirag Singh – chirag Hz Feb 12 '15 at 21:08
On some levels the link referenced is an interesting hack (use a hex editor to replace the getuid call with getpid) since source code is available, a cleaner approach would be to edit the source to remove the test completely, and recompile. In both cases I would recommend against doing so, but if you want to shoot your foot off . . . – hildred Feb 12 '15 at 22:51

One way around this is recompiling. Pass the --enable-run-as-root flag to ./configure and vlc should be able to run as root. The above answer is from here.

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recompiling is not the only way, just change the call to geteuid to deliver 1. I describe this at linuxintro.org/wiki/Run_vlc_as_root – Thorsten Staerk Oct 29 '14 at 6:56
@ThorstenStaerk, thanks for providing me the information. – Ramesh Oct 29 '14 at 16:42
Could you please mark the question as answered? – Thorsten Staerk Oct 31 '14 at 8:49
@ThorstenStaerk : dead link... – Alexandre Bourlier Dec 16 '15 at 15:23
@Alexandre Bourlier: works (again) – Thorsten Staerk Dec 16 '15 at 15:33

This is what worked for me. No compilation required.

sed -i 's/geteuid/getppid/' /usr/bin/vlc

Using VLC media player 2.0.3 Twoflower on a Raspberry Pi.

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Worked like a charm. :) – Krishnadas PC Jul 13 '15 at 1:29
Yeah This Is Hell :) +1 – onalbi Dec 26 '15 at 21:12

See http://www.linuxintro.org/wiki/Run_vlc_as_root:

  • backup the VLC binary:

    # cp /usr/bin/vlc /usr/bin/vlc-backup
  • find the call to geteuid inside the VLC binary:

    # needle=$(objdump -d /usr/bin/vlc | grep euid | tail -1 | awk '{print "\\x"$2"\\x"$3"\\x"$4"\\x"$5"\\x"$6;}')
  • replace the call to just deliver 01:

    # sed -ir "s/$needle/\xb8\x01\x00\x00\x00/" /usr/bin/vlc
  • test it

VLC should now run under the root user!

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sed -i 's/geteuid/getppid/' /usr/bin/vlc

It works.

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It would be good if you could explain why this particular answer solves the problem. – Jeff Schaller Dec 29 '15 at 11:55

You will be able to run VLC as root by modifying the VLC binary, located in /usr/bin

First, you'll need a hex-editor, like Bless:

sudo apt-get install bless

Then, you'll open the VLC binary with the hex-editor:

sudo bless /usr/bin/vlc

Search and change the geteuid string by getppid, save and exit.

You can now launch VLC as root.

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