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From: Steven Rostedt <>
To: Linux Trace Devel <>
Cc: Yordan Karadzhov <>
Subject: kernel-shark: Suppress "Root privileges are required" if already root
Date: Tue, 23 Jul 2019 16:59:10 -0400
Message-ID: <20190723165910.3319ccbb@gandalf.local.home> (raw)

From: Steven Rostedt (VMware) <>

If the tracefs directory is configured into the kernel, and
kshark-record  fails to find the tracing directory, it should test if
it already has root privileges (geteuid() returns zero), before posting
a message "Root privileges are required" as that can confuse users.

Signed-off-by: Steven Rostedt (VMware) <>
diff --git a/kernel-shark/src/KsCaptureDialog.cpp b/kernel-shark/src/KsCaptureDialog.cpp
index 2e6e8f9c..dbf73302 100644
--- a/kernel-shark/src/KsCaptureDialog.cpp
+++ b/kernel-shark/src/KsCaptureDialog.cpp
@@ -18,6 +18,12 @@
 #include "KsCmakeDef.hpp"
 #include "KsCaptureDialog.hpp"
+extern "C" {
+  // To get access to geteuid()
+  #include <unistd.h>
+  #include <sys/types.h>
 static inline tep_handle *local_events()
 	return tracecmd_local_events(tracecmd_get_tracing_dir());
@@ -65,7 +71,9 @@ KsCaptureControl::KsCaptureControl(QWidget *parent)
 		if (!_localTEP)
 			message += "Cannot find or mount tracing directory.\n";
-		if (!pluginList.count())
+		// geteuid() returns 0 if running as effective id of root
+		if (!pluginList.count() && geteuid())
 			message += "Root privileges are required.\n";
 		QLabel *errorLabel = new QLabel(message);

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