[xubuntu-users] New LTS version 14.04

Ian Prideaux worzel at gmx.co.uk
Mon May 26 17:01:32 UTC 2014

sudo is a text mode program, it will never open a windo for passwd entry.
Use gksudo instead.

On 26/05/14 17:55, Neil wrote:
> I have installed version 14.04 recently, as a dual boot with the
> previous LTS version 12.04. It is mostly going really well and I am
> very pleased. Many thanks to the developers.
> I have noticed one small problem though. To run an application as root,
> or to run one where root is necessary, eg gparted, I used to either
> use the normal menu item or the shortcut Alt-F2. In both cases a small
> window came up for me to enter the root password.
> Using the menu item in v14.04 is fine for a package that always needs
> root.  If I choose gparted from the menu for example I am asked for the
> root password. Fine. However using Alt-F2 does not work. If I just enter
> gparted  I  get a message that I need root to run that program. But I
> do not get any window asking me to input the password. If I use Alt-F2
> and enter 'sudo gparted' and launch it the window simply disappears.
> With a program that does not normally need root, eg gedit, if I launch
> it from the menu it opens as a normal user. If I use Alt-F2 and enter
> sudo gedit then again the window disappears.
> I can open a terminal and use sudo gedit, or sudo gparted and I will be
> asked for the root password as usual and it works. However I must
> remember the 'sudo' or gedit will start as a normal user, while gparted
> with show a message that I need to be root, and it is up to me to work
> out what to do.
> So a bit of tidying up needed, unless this has already been noted and I
> have missed it.
> Regards
> Neil

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