#StackBounty: "error constructing proxy…" when trying to launch gnome-terminal as root

Bounty: 50

openSUSE Leap 42.2
Gnome Terminal 3.20.2

I have a terminal window open. If I type the following command:


as a non-root user it successfully launches a new terminal.

However if I run the command as root I get the following error message:

Error constructing proxy for
org.gnome.Terminal:/org/gnome/Terminal/Factory0: The connection is

If I try to launch the terminal with dbus-launch gnome-terminal then it works.

What is preventing the gnome-terminal command launching the terminal as root? And is dbus-launchan acceptable workaround or likely to cause unforeseen issues (I don’t really understand what it is doing)?

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