gksudo feature request - Grey out the background

Jeff Waugh jeff.waugh at ubuntu.com
Thu Feb 3 16:50:46 CST 2005

<quote who="Cameron Hutchison">

> Once upon a time Eric Feliksik said...
> > Since a few weeks, gksudo locks X - that is good. 
> Oh dear. IMHO - that is really bad. My computer multitasks. Why should I
> be locked into the task of entering a password? Very rarely do I see the
> need for a system-modal dialog.

The password dialog requests a full grab of the keyboard, so that no other
window can take its input during the period of password entry. That means
you don't have to be worried about (cheap'n'dirty) keyboard listeners, etc.

> However, I assume the GNOME designers have their own good reasons for
> this.

Not so much GNOME, it's an X security feature used all over the place, for
good reasons. :-)

- Jeff

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