Xubuntu and security

Colin Law clanlaw at googlemail.com
Sun Apr 14 15:25:11 UTC 2013

On 13 April 2013 10:58, Joep L. Blom <jlblom at neuroweave.nl> wrote:
> I want to know if someone has a solution for "quirks" in xubuntu which are
> rather annoying. I use xubuntu 12.04 as I only use LTS versions.
> 1. The most irritating one is that the Xfce main menu the programs refuse to
> request for root permission (for those that require it) and run as normal
> user (or don't run). Examples are synaptic (that wont start from the menu
> and can only be started with  synaptic-pkexec and if you want to do
> something useful you have to start it with sudo. Idem with Update Manager.

I don't use Xfce so can only point you in the general direction, since
no-one more knowledgeable has responded.  I would expect the synaptic
menu entry to be looking for a desktop file, probably
synaptic.desktop.  It should look in /usr/share/applications for this
and the Exec line there should point to synaptic-pkexec.  Perhaps you
have another synaptic.desktop somewhere that does not specify pkexec
(in .local/share/applications possibly).  Alternatively have you
customised the menu and it is now using a different desktop file?
Either way if you google for xfce customise menu you should find how
the menus work and can look at the configuration files to work out
what it is doing wrong.


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