Run app as root in X

Les Mikesell lesmikesell at
Sat Feb 16 17:26:39 UTC 2008

Henning Larsen wrote:

>>>> Is there any way to do su in X?
>>> The easiest way is to use kdesu (in kdebase).
>> Surely it's also pretty easy to su to root in a terminal window and
>> then run the required application from the root command line (or in
>> the case in question just create the folders/directories using the
>> su'ed comaand line).
>> -- 
> Thanks.
> OK, about creating folders using the su command, can you please explain
> a bit more?
> I want to as a regular user be able to edit config files. The safest
> would be to get prompted for password, but it is not a must.

Open a terminal window and type:
su -
then enter the root password.  You can also set thing up so you can:
sudo su -
either without a password or with your own password instead of root's.
The trailing - means to pick up the login environment so you'll have the 
right PATH, etc.

You can then use all command line tools as root in this window or start 
X programs by typing their names.  Keep in mind that you aren't limited 
to just editing config files in this mode.  You can do anything with 
root permissions.

   Les Mikesell
    lesmikesell at

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