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none of the downloaded softwares work in fedora 20

asked 2014-04-16 01:23:05 -0600

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updated 2014-09-28 18:44:19 -0600

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i had recently downloaded chrome and vlc media player. but they don't just open up. chrome shows "google chrome cannot be run as root". how do i run it as a normal user?

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answered 2014-04-16 08:07:05 -0600

mmellon1 gravatar image


I could swear I just gave this same answer yesterday. Oh wait, I did :-P

Andy, as Cobra said, there are specific repositories for these kinds of programs. You can find them quite easily, but the optimal way of implementing the repos and downloading the desired software is to manually add the repos to /etc/yum.repos.d/[repo-name]. Follow this guide for Google Chrome:


DO NOT PERFORM DAILY COMPUTING ACTIVITIES AS ROOT! You will need the root account to edit your /etc/yum.repos.d/, but aside from that, unless performing heavy-duty system maintenance or some kind of server administration, there is no need for the root account. Hopefully you set up an admin user during the install process....

Hope this helps!


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answered 2014-04-16 03:19:04 -0600

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Don't install these packages individually, install them from their respective repositories. Go here:

and install the YUM repository for google, then use the command line to install the package with

yum install chrome

To get VLC you need a different repository. Go here:

and follow the instructions to install both the free and the non-free repositories, then from the command line tell it to install vlc:

yum install vlc
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answered 2014-04-16 05:57:17 -0600

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You should never log-in as root user to do usual tasks. Chrome message you mention clearly discourages you to do so (and VLC also says the same). Create another (administrator user), using appropriate tools of your desktop environment, then log-in with this user.

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