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Re: Should su-to-root be shipped in a separate package?

(This is probably not the right mailing list for this discussion.)

Bill Allombert <Bill.Allombert@math.u-bordeaux1.fr> writes:

> There is certainly a consensus to use it for (Debian) menu entry and it
> is seldom used.

su-to-root is not *that* seldomly used.  Out of the 48 menu entries on my
system, two use it, which is pretty good given the basic rarity of needing
to run a program as root.  More to the point, while it may be infrequent
compared to the total number of packages in Debian, I believe every system
with GNOME or KDE installed has a few menu entries that need to run a
program as root.  So it's worthwhile figuring out a standardized way of
doing this.

The people working on live CDs have specifically asked that su-to-root be
used instead of any of the other wrappers because they can configure
su-to-root to use sudo, unlike the other wrapper programs.  So lintian
currently warns about using any other wrapper.

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

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