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Open as root

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Right click on a file --> open file as root.

user then enter root pasword.

I really like to open files as roots without going to the terminal and typing command lines.

Can you please make this happen. I saw this feature in linux mint and it is really helpfull.


icons/user_comment.png S. B. wrote: (8 years ago)

For what desktop is this entry?

icons/user_comment.png b. m. wrote: (8 years ago)

Well, I saw this feture in linux mint and they were using Gnome.

icons/user_comment.png T. R. wrote: (8 years ago)

This is available for KDE in the form of two different service menus:

An advanced one: http://www.kde-apps.org/content/show.php/Root+Actions+Servicemenu?content=48411

And a simple one: http://www.kde-apps.org/content/show.php/Simple+Root+Actions+Menu?content=72762

icons/user_comment.png b. m. wrote: (8 years ago)

Ok we got the KDE, now we need the Gnomes' and it can be found in Mint, which it uses it.

So let this entry for Gnome. and I hope we will see this feature in the next relase.

icons/user_comment.png S. L. wrote: (8 years ago)

One question:

which programs should been runned?

Root can use KOffice to open ODT and user can use OpenOffice for the same task.

icons/user_comment.png M. S. wrote: (8 years ago)

For me is more the question - why should the programms run/be run "as root"?

What is the purpose and what is the risk?

In GNOME I have added to the Panel a Custom Application Lancher

that runs "gnomesu nautilus" = natilus (file browser) as root. So if I want, I can open in this natilus window (I have made red) any .odt as root  (if I would see any sence in that).

The solution may not be

to run a program litually as root

but to use
PolicyKit to give rights only for special tasks.

So as example: In GNOME a user cannot open the "CPU Frequency Scaling Monitor" and so cannot change the frequency or the profile to something like Powersave ("Frequency and Governor Selector"). So my laptop runs nearly have so long under openSUSE 11.2 and GNOME than under Ubuntu 10.4 LTS 'lucid'.

I do not know if PolicyKit should be for all programs on

<allow_active>auth_admin_keep</allow_active> or <allow_active>auth_self</allow_active> (the CPU FCM &uarr;)

but at least for some more.

If not - I see the danger that to many "clever" users will give normal users  the rights to execute more system near programs (like in a "How-to" a user wrote for the CPU Frequency Scaling Monitor in the forums).

Last change: 18 months ago
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