August 10, 2009

weird problem running programs as normal user

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Hi all,
If I try to start openoffice as a normal user, the spash screen shows up briefly, and that's it. After some investigation (strace, gdb) it seems openoffice dies with a SIGBUS signal.
The same goes for NaNT (a build tool based on mono).
These programs do work when I run them as root.
So I thought it might be something smelly in my local config files, so I created a fresh new user and tried again. Still no luck. For some reason some programs won't run under a unprivileged account but they do under root.
Does anyone have a idea what's going on?
oh, I use a opensuse 11.1 x86_64 installation.
Cheers!