GNOME panel and sudo

Dennis Kaarsemaker dennis at
Sun Jul 17 16:13:11 CDT 2005

On zo, 2005-07-17 at 22:58 +0200, Manu Cornet wrote:

> Among a few enhancements projects for the GNOME panel, I would like to 
> hide entries that require a sudo password (eg Synaptic) from non-sudoers 
> users (they can't use these programs anyway, and it would free up some 
> space and make the menus simpler to understand).

I like this idea a lot.

> * Directly use the "sudo" command. If I type "sudo -l", then I can see 
> what types of commands I am allowed to run (and that's all I need). The 
> problem is that it needs my user password ; and asking the user to type 
> his password a second time when his session is opening is of course out 
> of the question. But, since we need a setuid root anyway, maybe there is 
> a way to run a "sudo -l", as root, to get info about a particular user 
> (but I don't know how to do that).
> Does anybody have an idea on what would be the best way to achieve this?

gdm runs as root, it could do sudo -l -u $USER and pass that information
to the session somehow.
Dennis K.
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