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no gksudo? so just su or sudo then?

asked 2012-12-03 17:33:08 +0000

lenrev gravatar image

Hi, I'm a Fedora newbie, I'm trying to run some applications with GUI as root and for that I've gotten used to typing 'gksudo [command]'.

My question is how to run an app with GUI as root without using gksudo?

please help me, I just don't want to go back to Ubuntu.

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mmm, if you know how to use zenity, yad etc. You can create a GUI, you need. As I did. In Fedora, there is only Beesu (this uses "su")

davidva ( 2012-12-04 16:53:28 +0000 )edit

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answered 2012-12-03 18:00:00 +0000

sten gravatar image

Fedora doesn't have gksudo, because it uses PolicyKit instead. The short answer to your question is, yes, use sudo.

The long answer is, if you'd rather have a GUI prompt, either you or the maintainer of the application you want to run can implement PolicyKit rules. Docs start here: https://live.gnome.org/PolicyKit

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oh, OK! Thank you! umm, would that be safe? i mean using sudo for a graphical application?

lenrev ( 2012-12-03 18:02:40 +0000 )edit

Probably not! What are you actually trying to do?

randomuser ( 2012-12-13 15:14:22 +0000 )edit

answered 2014-01-29 10:13:53 +0000

Dennis gravatar image

i found a PolicyKit alternative called pkexec

usage is

pkexec [--user username] PROGRAM [ARGUMENTS...]
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answered 2012-12-03 18:34:51 +0000

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Beesu is a wrapper around su and works with consolehelper under Fedora to let you have a graphic interface like gksu


sudo yum install beesu
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answered 2012-12-03 17:40:59 +0000

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I recently switched from Kubuntu to Fedora XFCE, and I use kdesu in my GUI shortcuts. To find out if you have kdesu, run which kdesu in a console. If it returns a path (like /bin/kdesu) then kdesu will work on your system.

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isn't kdesu for KDE? wouldn't that require me to install KDE as well? sorry but one of the reasons why i moved was because i noticed that unity+ubuntu consumes a lot of memory space and so does KDE, installing GS on an ubuntu with unity as the out-of-the-box desktop environment may (or may not, but most of the time it does) render the OS unstable, and the GS+ubuntu isn't that mature yet so chances are it's still full of bugs. I plan on sticking with this one (Fedora desktop GS) longer than i did with ubuntu. But thanks for your rather quick reply!

lenrev ( 2012-12-03 17:56:18 +0000 )edit

Hmmm, I prefer a few of the KDE apps, so I installed some KDE dependencies. But I don't think I installed the whole KDE desktop. Besides, I don't use the KDE desktop - I use XFCE. The performance is better, and there's less bloatware.

ThomasMcA ( 2012-12-04 01:22:15 +0000 )edit

answered 2014-01-29 19:04:21 +0000

q2dg gravatar image

Can PolicyKit be a total replacement for sudo?

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Asked: 2012-12-03 17:33:08 +0000

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