[ubuntu-art] Make being root more obvious (scary)

Cory K. coryisatm at ubuntu.com
Wed Mar 4 16:32:52 GMT 2009

Who wrote:
> Hi all,
> in XFCE, Thunar and Mousepad do a nice trick of having a red box when
> you're running the app as superuser to warn you that bad things could
> happen.
> I really like this, I think it makes it really clear that you need to
> watch out. I tried some ways to replicate it on Ubuntu/GNOME. I came
> up with a solution that gives a really clear clue to the user that
> doesn't require any apps to be modified (see the screenshot). It is
> this:
> Create or choose a read icon and gtk theme, place those in the .icons
> and .themes directory in /root, and then make that theme have the same
> name as the icon and gtk themes being used by the user - obviously
> when a user changes their theme this will be lost, but many people
> don't change their theme (arguable those who do don't need such cues)
> and there might be a way to adapt it to make it more flexible...
> Here is a screenshot to demonstrate what I'm talking about... Nothing
> says 'beware' like red folder icons, right?
> In that screenshot you can also see the way red bar in Thunar.
> What do people think - worth pursuing?

I'll poke around and ask the -desktop team about this. I'm unsure if
there's a policy on installing stuff to /root.

-Cory K.

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