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I am facing one strange problem in my system. I am using CentOs 6.2 (linux)

being root it is not possible to open Google Chrome browser. It giving the error like this...

Google-Chrome error

Firefox is working fine in root.

but why chrome is showing the error like this?

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Why would you want to run Chrome, or any browser, as root? – Keith Thompson Jul 29 '12 at 4:13

I think the error message is self explainatory - chrome stores profile information under /home, and root has no home directory. You may need to run it with the --user-data-dir flag, and specify some location for this.

I'd note though, running a web browser as root is a HUGE security risk.

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root does have a home dir, /root. – progo Jun 23 '12 at 17:30
Well, in which case, everything else is still probably valid. Storing user data in /root sounds potentially messy tho – Journeyman Geek Jun 24 '12 at 0:21
he's probably running it as 'sudo chrome', which would run as root in his current $HOME. But the main point is that running as root is dangerous (BAD user! BAD!). – lornix Jun 24 '12 at 7:59
up vote 6 down vote accepted

Edit /usr/bin/google-chrome and add –user-data-dir at the end of the last line

At first it was like this

 39 # We don't want bug-buddy intercepting our crashes.
 42 exec -a "$0" "$HERE/chrome" "$@" 

change line number 42 to like this

42 exec -a "$0" "$HERE/chrome" "$@" --user-data-dir

That's it now you can start google-chrome from root

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Thanks a Lot Friend – K.K Patel Mar 21 '13 at 11:23
Thanks @max it helped. :) – Patriks Apr 4 '13 at 6:30
It helped me a ... – user2086641 Sep 21 '13 at 12:31

(or mkdir /home/chromie if you don't want to use /root)

or on file manager make directories chromie in /root and in /home


Kde start menu
chromium (right mouse button click)
Add to Desktop

right mouse button click on Chromium Desktop icon

On command: type

chromium chromium --user-data-dir=/root/chromie/


chromium chromium --user-data-dir=/home/chromie/

Chromium now starts when you are logged in as root

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I tried your method its working, but it works only once. every time i have to write this google-chrome --user-data-dir=/home/chromie/ in the terminal. any other procedure to make it permanent. – max Aug 18 '12 at 12:34

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