I am running a WSL2 Ubuntu system. I'm attempting to follow this tutorial to launch an Electron boilerplate.

When running yarn dev I come across this error:

[14143:0218/164010.657008:FATAL:setuid_sandbox_host.cc(157)] The SUID sandbox helper binary was found, but is not configured correctly. Rather than run without sandboxing I'm aborting now. You need to make sure that /home/alex/final-project/test/node_modules/electron/dist/chrome-sandbox is owned by root and has mode 4755

Running with --no-sandbox yields the same error.

I have attempted changing the systemctl: sysctl kernel.unprivileged_userns_clone=1 which does not work on WSL. I attempted to follow this tutorial to gain access to systemctl.

This did not work, with the PowerShell commands being outdated and systemctl is-active dbus returning:

System has not been booted with systemd as init system (PID 1). Can't operate.

Failed to connect to bus: Host is down

Any and all help is appreciated. Thanks in advance!

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Well, the error message tells you what to do, there is a chrome-sandbox file in the directory it shows, you need to use chroot and chown to give it the proper owner and permissions.

sudo chown root: home/alex/final-project/test/node_modules/electron/dist/chrome-sandbox
sudo chmod 4755 home/alex/final-project/test/node_modules/electron/dist/chrome-sandbox 
  • my error message shows 4755, not 4577
    – Dee
    Dec 31, 2020 at 4:49
  • 2
    yeah my bad, i'm a bit dyslexic :| - fixed
    – Tshirtman
    Dec 31, 2020 at 18:04

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