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Bug#512717: project: Should have alternatives for graphical su and sudo (x-su, x-sudo?)

Daniel Dickinson <cshore@bmts.com> writes:

> It'd be nice if packages which depend on gksu, gksudo, ksudo, etc could
> use a unified alternative (e.g. x-su for su-like and x-sudo for
> sudo-like graphical frontents to su and sudo) so that one was not
> required to install e.g. parts of gnome just because a package depends
> on gksu (there are a few packages for which gksu pulls in more of gnome
> than if one leaves out gksu and uses ktsuss or ksudo (for instance)).

The "correct" thing to do at this point (I say "correct" rather than
correct because, while I believe there is a general agreement it's the
best thing to do, I know some people strongly disagree) is to have the
package depend on menu and use su-to-root.  su-to-root will dynamically
call whatever is available, with some sane fallbacks.

I think that if su-to-root were in debianutils, everyone would agree that
this is the right way to do it.  Some people don't like having to install
menu in order to get this utility.

For more information, see http://bugs.debian.org/492493

Russ Allbery (rra@debian.org)               <http://www.eyrie.org/~eagle/>

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