Re: Graphical 'su' utility for GNOME

On Sun, 2001-10-28 at 11:16, Havoc Pennington wrote:
> Chema Celorio <chema ximian com> writes:
> > > Will programs like the panel be integrated with xst-su?
> > > It would be nice if I can run programs as root just by
> > > right-clicking on a menu item, or by using the Run dialog,
> > > and enter a password.
> > 
> > xst-su can be called by any program. It is up to the app to use it or
> > not. We will probably rename it to de-XTS-ify it.
> Whatever we do here, please keep in mind that at least two major GNOME
> platforms (Red Hat and Solaris) will likely need to strip out cheesy
> su programs, since we use PAM instead. (I'm not sure if Solaris has
> the consolehelper-type functionality though.)

We developed xst-su because of problems we found with PAM. For PAM to
work correctly, as redcarpet does, it needed distro specific patches
which are a pain to maintain, this is the motivation behind writing our
own su program.


> Anyway, ideally there is one central config setting where the su app
> can be removed or replaced.
> Havoc

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