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Re: gksu, ktuss and other ways to get root

On Thu, 2008-05-01 at 14:22 +0200, Yves-Alexis Perez wrote:
> > because menu package doesn't make sure there is at least one GUI:
> > Suggests: gksu | kdebase-bin | kdebase-runtime | sux
> Yeah so it's not exactly what I meant. I was talking about some “gain
> root access” in a desktop environment way. Something DE could depend on
> to be. Maybe it's useless, maybe the only people interested are non
> gnome people using gnome apps like gdm or system-config-printer.

I am planning to do a rewrite of gksu that would be installable in
paralel with the current one but using only PolicyKit as a backend. That
will make the number of dependencies gksu has drop to a minimum (even
gtk+ will probably get dropped!), so you would be able to always use
gksu, provided that your DE environment provides its implementation of
PolicyKit's AuthenticationAgent.

That may take some time, though, as I've been planning to only really
hammer a releasable version during debcamp, so it will not be ready for
Lenny, unless anyone is willing to write that beast before I do =).

Notice that the real solution to the 'do stuff as root' problem is to
use PolicyKit, in my opinion, having whatever requires root become a
dbus system service.

See you,

Gustavo Noronha Silva <kov@debian.org>
Debian Project

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