Google Earth only works as "sudo"

Nils Kassube kassube at
Wed May 21 14:36:50 UTC 2008

Graham Watkins wrote:
> just installed Google Earth on 8.04.  It creates a desktop icon but
> when I click on it  I get the splash screen , then the starfield and 
> ... er,  that's it.  No earth and no response from any menu items.
> However, when I start it as administrator from the command line,
> everything (or at least everything I've tried so far) works as it
> should.
> Is this a permissions thing and is there a way of fixing it?

Yes, looks like a permission problem. If it is, you can fix it with the 

sudo chown -R $USER: $HOME

in a terminal.


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