Hello all, I'm looking forward accepting a new release goal for Lenny: using su-to-root instead of gksu/kdesu/etc in desktop/menu files. Quoting Daniel Baumann from #453931 (reasons why su-to-root should be used): > 0. Desktop Integration > > It doesn't make sense that e.g. a KDE application calls (hardcoded) > kdesu when beeing used on a Gnome environment. It should use su-to-root, > which will automatically call either gksu (default) or kdesu (when > beeing launched under KDE) for better integration into the running > desktop environment. > > 1. Live Integration > > On Debian Live systems, we can not use su, but sudo (avoid setting a > root password for security and usability reasons). If all desktop > entries and menu files would use su-to-root, we can overwrite the > default usage of su on one central place (/etc/su-to-rootrc resp. > ~/.su-to-rootrc) and be done with it. > > Currently, an application on a live system which requires root rights > but calls kdesu or gsku instead of su-to-root uses therefore su, which > won't work, and thus, the user ends up with a non-working application. Lintian starting with version 1.23.42 has a new tag called 'su-wrapper-not-su-to-root' which warns on those situations. Based on an archive wide lintian run on the amd64-only binary packages, the next packages have been found using a non su-to-root su wrapper: etherape ettercap-gtk firestarter gdm gksu (this one should be excluded) gnome-apt gnome-system-tools gnome-utils gparted krusader lilo-config sabayon swscanner synaptic wireshark There are a number of packages which are not listed here because of a bug in lintian (see #462601) but the average number of packages doesn't seem to be any big. Before the lintian check was introduced I filled some bug reports on affected packages which I found on my system, an examples is #454044. Currently I've been tagging those reports with my usertag 'su-to-root' and with a severity: wishlist. If this release goal is accepted I'd increase the severity of the reports and fill some more based on the lintian check. http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/pkgreport.cgi?tag=su-to-root;email@example.com Kind regards, Raphael Geissert
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