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GKSU(1)				 User Commands			       GKSU(1)

       gksu - GTK+ frontend for su and sudo


       gksu [-u <user>] [options] <command>

       gksudo [-u <user>] [options] <command>

       This manual page documents briefly gksu and gksudo

       gksu  is a frontend to su and gksudo is a frontend to sudo.  Their pri‐
       mary purpose is to run graphical commands that need  root  without  the
       need to run an X terminal emulator and using su directly.

       Notice  that  all the magic is done by the underlying library, libgksu.
       Also notice that the library will decide if it should use su or sudo as
       backend	using the /apps/gksu/sudo-mode gconf key, if you call the gksu
       command. You can force the backend by using the gksudo command,	or  by
       using the --sudo-mode and --su-mode options.

       If  no  command	is given, the gksu program will display a small window
       that allows you to type in a command to be run, and to select what user
       the  program should be run as. The other options are disregarded, right
       now, in this mode.

       --debug, -d

	      Print information on the screen that might be useful  for	 diag‐
	      nosing and/or solving problems.

       --user <user>, -u <user>

	      Call <command> as the specified user.

       --disable-grab, -g

	      Disable  the "locking" of the keyboard, mouse, and focus done by
	      the program when asking for password.

       --prompt, -P

	      Ask the user if they want	 to  have  their  keyboard  and	 mouse
	      grabbed before doing so.

       --preserve-env, -k

	      Preserve the current environments, does not set $HOME nor $PATH,
	      for example.

       --login, -l

	      Make this a login shell. Beware this may cause problems with the
	      Xauthority  magic.  Run  xhost  to allow the target user to open
	      windows on your display!

       --description <description|file>, -D <description|file>

	      Provide a descriptive name for the command to  be	 used  in  the
	      default  message,	 making	 it  nicer.   You can also provide the
	      absolute path for a .desktop file. The Name key for will be used
	      in this case.

       --message <message>, -m <message>

	      Replace  the  standard message shown to ask for password for the
	      argument passed to the option.  Only use this  if	 --description
	      does not suffice.

       --print-pass, -p

	      Ask gksu to print the password to stdout, just like ssh-askpass.
	      Useful to use in scripts with programs that accept receiving the
	      password on stdin.

       --su-mode, -w

	      Force gksu to use su(1) as its backend for running the programs.

       --sudo-mode, -S

	      Force  gksu  to  use sudo(1) as its backend for running the pro‐

       su(1), sudo(1)

gksu version 2.0.x		  August 2006			       GKSU(1)

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