kdesu for kde4

Harald Sitter sitter.harald at gmail.com
Sun Sep 7 13:52:23 BST 2008

On Sunday 07 September 2008 10:52:10 Cesare Tirabassi wrote:
> A quickie for all Kubunteros out there.
> I read that /usr/bin/kdesu in kde4 is obsoleted.
> For Intrepid, should applications that rely on it be patched to rely
> on /usr/lib/kde4/libexec/kdesu or on /usr/bin/kdesudo or is there some
> mechanism in place that won't break backward compatibility?
> Will existing su-to-root (that uses /usr/lib/kde4/libexec/kdesu) work or
> will it need patching for Ubuntu?
> Existing docs I could find on the subject are not very clear:
> LP bugs: 179495, 184491, 197404
> http://kubuntuforums.net/forums/index.php?action=printpage;topic=3095801.0
> https://wiki.ubuntu.com/HaraldSitter/KdeFour/KdeSudo

Every application which can not use KDE internal features should be using 
/usr/lib/kde4/libexec/kdesu (one can install KDE without kdesudo which would 
make it the only valid path for native kdesu and kdesudo).

I actually think that we shouldn't use su-to-root but provide seperate desktop 
files for KDE using X-KDE-SubstituteUID=true in order to have future proof 
desktop files. Just a personal opinion though.

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