Vote for new Ubuntu Feature---Let's try it again --- and without getting all religious about it

Chanchao custom at
Wed Jan 10 05:36:11 UTC 2007

> The Unix security model has evolved over the past twenty, thirty years and 

Why are so many people getting so religious over a basic usability

Case: He's opened a file in gedit or Writer or something else and made a
change to it.  The file happens to be on a drive/partition/folder that
for whatever reason isn't writable.  This happens all the time, not just
system config files, but also it happens all the time with files on
shared Windows drives/partitions, memory sticks and so on.  It HAPPENS. 

All the man says is that at this point he prefers not to have to save
this file somewhere where he can save it, exit the application, use
gksudo to open it again, re-apply the changes, save again. 

Instead he'd like to have a clear error message indicating the file he's
editing is protected, AND have that very same window give him the
*option* to authenticate as administrator and continue the logical

How this happens: He doesn't care.  If a running program can escalate
access rights after entering the sudo password: great.  Or if a script
is called that saves the file as a temp file, closes the application and
re-opens it again after authenticating as administrator:  Just as

That's all.  No Unix-security-blasphemy takes place.


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