Run app as root in X

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Sun Feb 17 10:12:44 UTC 2008

> From: hennlar at
> To: fedora-list at
> Date: Sat, 16 Feb 2008 20:25:16 +0100
> Subject: Re: Run app as root in X
> On Sat, 2008-02-16 at 11:26 -0600, Les Mikesell wrote:
>> Henning Larsen wrote:
>>> 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.
> OK, I know all this, and it is the way I do things today.
> What I want is a folder on my desktop with links to several config files
> for easier configuration.
> The solution I have so far is to create a launcher on the gnome desktop,
> for the command:
> 	kdesu gedit /path/to/file/name
> It works ok, but I wish I did not have to install lots of kde to make it
> work.
> I can use a bash script file with:
> 	su -c 'gedit /path/to/file/name'
> which is better.
> I have a dream :)
> Is it possible to make a folder as root, make links to all the config
> files, and open that folder using a su command (as regular user) and be
> able to edit the files that way?
> I must try that one.
> Henning Larsen
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You could script, or you could just use gksu as mentioned and do the same thing.

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