sudo vs. gksu

Tony Arnold tony.arnold at
Sat Apr 5 10:18:57 UTC 2008


Markus Schönhaber wrote:
> Mario Vukelic wrote:
>> No, gksu _is the right tool to use. sudo should never be used to start
>> graphical applications, as this could cause problems:
>> (in the "Notes" section)
> Since the above page only says "don't do it!" but doesn't explain what
> might happen otherwise: what problems are to be expected if one starts a
> graphical application with sudo?

I don't think there is any difference. gksudo is just a graphical
front-end to sudo. Both end up running the application as root and thus
have all the access that root has. Users should only do this if they
really need such access.

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