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sudo for launching gui apps in background

Terminal - sudo for launching gui apps in background
sudo ls ; sudo gedit /etc/passwd &
2010-10-05 21:01:34
User: aporter
Functions: ls sudo
-3
sudo for launching gui apps in background

Take advantage of sudo keeping you authenticated for ~15 minutes.

The command is a little longer, but it does not require X (it can run on a headless server).

Alternatives

There are 2 alternatives - vote for the best!

Terminal - Alternatives
gksudo gedit /etc/passwd &
2010-10-05 13:11:04
User: b_t
1

Need package: gksu

Note:

Launching gui app in background that needs sudo, won't work great with our old

friendly style of launching:

sudo gedit /etc/passwd &

because this would put sudo in background !

Using gksudo as demonstrated, would popup a gui sudo window.

May be this is a common knowledge, but not knowing this

frustrated me during my newbie year.

sudo -b xterm
2010-10-05 23:03:01
Functions: sudo
0

"The -b (background) option tells sudo to run the given command in the background." -- after it asks you for the password in the foreground.

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