cant start gksu firefox

Arand Nash ienorand at
Sat Apr 3 22:40:13 UTC 2010

Dmitrijs Ledkovs wrote:
> On 3 April 2010 21:26, Nils Kassube <kassube at> wrote:
>> Dmitrijs Ledkovs wrote:
>>> And even worse idea to use gksu. Try
>>>  gksudo. Should yield better results.
>> Can you explain why gksu is a bad idea and why gksudo is better?
>> Nils
> gksu - executes as superuser using $HOME = /root
> gksudo - executes your current environment e.g. $HOME=/home/$user but
> with superuser priviliges.
> Generally you want the latter one.

However, on Ubuntu:

~$ diff -as $(which gksu) $(which gksudo)
Files /usr/bin/gksu and /usr/bin/gksudo are identical

In fact:

~$ ls -l $(which gksudo)
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 4 2010-02-27 02:03 /usr/bin/gksudo -> gksu

And if I've understood things correctly. on ubuntu gksu is originally 
wired to instead work like gksudo by default.

- Arand

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