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NAME

       gksu - GTK+ frontend for su and sudo

SYNOPSIS

       gksu

       gksu [-u <user>] [options] <command>

       gksudo [-u <user>] [options] <command>

DESCRIPTION

       This manual page documents briefly gksu and gksudo

       gksu  is  a  frontend  to  su  and gksudo is a frontend to sudo.  Their
       primary purpose is to run graphical commands that need root without the
       need to run an X terminal emulator and using su directly.

       Notice  that  all the magic is done by the underlying library, libgksu.
       Also notice that the library will decide if it should use su or sudo as
       backend  using the /apps/gksu/sudo-mode gconf key, if you call the gksu
       command. You can force the backend by using the gksudo command,  or  by
       using the --sudo-mode and --su-mode options.

       If  no  command  is given, the gksu program will display a small window
       that allows you to type in a command to be run, and to select what user
       the  program should be run as. The other options are disregarded, right
       now, in this mode.

OPTIONS

       --debug, -d

              Print information  on  the  screen  that  might  be  useful  for
              diagnosing and/or solving problems.

       --user <user>, -u <user>

              Call <command> as the specified user.

       --disable-grab, -g

              Disable  the "locking" of the keyboard, mouse, and focus done by
              the program when asking for password.

       --prompt, -P

              Ask the user if they want  to  have  their  keyboard  and  mouse
              grabbed before doing so.

       --preserve-env, -k

              Preserve the current environments, does not set $HOME nor $PATH,
              for example.

       --login, -l

              Make this a login shell. Beware this may cause problems with the
              Xauthority  magic.  Run  xhost  to allow the target user to open
              windows on your display!

       --description <description|file>, -D <description|file>

              Provide a descriptive name for the command to  be  used  in  the
              default  message,  making  it  nicer.   You can also provide the
              absolute path for a .desktop file. The Name key for will be used
              in this case.

       --message <message>, -m <message>

              Replace  the  standard message shown to ask for password for the
              argument passed to the option.  Only use this  if  --description
              does not suffice.

       --print-pass, -p

              Ask gksu to print the password to stdout, just like ssh-askpass.
              Useful to use in scripts with programs that accept receiving the
              password on stdin.

       --su-mode, -w

              Force gksu to use su(1) as its backend for running the programs.

       --sudo-mode, -S

              Force  gksu  to  use  sudo(1)  as  its  backend  for running the
              programs.

SEE ALSO

       su(1), sudo(1)