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"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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Need package: gksu
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.
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).
If you can do better, submit your command here.
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