Equivalent of su for GUI?
From: OKB (not okblacke) (BrenBarn_at_aol.com)
Date: 7 Jul 2004 02:49:16 GMT
I've just installed Debian on a cheap old computer and I'm fiddling
around with it. One thing that I find somewhat irritating is having to
switch out from X to a virtual terminal or run an Xterm, where I must
then su if I want to do admin stuff. Is there any way to achieve an
effect similar to su, but gain root privs within the X session? That
is, I would like to be able to do something so that when I, say, double-
click on some /etc file in Konqueror and it opens in Kwrite, I will have
write privs. I want to gain the ability to do superuser things from
within my existing X session, in the same GUI way I would do them as a
I've asked some people and they said there's no such thing, but I
thought I would ask here anyway. (I'm really rather surprised; it seems
silly to have to always have an Xterm open just to edit text files when
you've got the whole GUI up.) I was able to hack a semi-solution by
writing a Konqueror servicemenu that does 'kdesu "kfmclient exec %u"',
but that only works for the specific case of double-clicking files in
Konqueror, and even that doesn't work completely. Ideally, I'd like a
solution that's as complete as su.
Thanks for the help.
-- --OKB (not okblacke) Brendan Barnwell "Do not follow where the path may lead. Go, instead, where there is no path, and leave a trail." --author unknown