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Re: gksu removed from the repo's of Ubuntu 18.04

Post by mattlach » Wed Feb 13, 2019 6:33 pm

Pjotr wrote:
Sat Apr 21, 2018 5:41 am
Unpleasant news: gksu has been removed from the repo's of Ubuntu Bionic:
https://jeremy.bicha.net/2018/04/18/gks ... om-ubuntu/

For Mint 19, this'll also affect Synaptic, GParted, Mints Update Manager, etc. And for editing system config files, it almost feels as if we're being pushed towards abusing "sudo". :shock:

I never understood why people used gksu when sudo exists. What do you like about it more? They accomplish the same thing, and sudo is much simpler since it is console based.
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Re: gksu removed from the repo's of Ubuntu 18.04

Post by Pjotr » Wed Feb 13, 2019 6:57 pm

mattlach wrote:
Wed Feb 13, 2019 6:33 pm
I never understood why people used gksu when sudo exists. What do you like about it more? They accomplish the same thing, and sudo is much simpler since it is console based.
Hopefully this'll help you understand:
https://easylinuxtipsproject.blogspot.c ... -root.html

Golden oldie with much more background information:
http://www.psychocats.net/ubuntu/graphicalsudo

Golden oldie summarized in two lines:
Bottom line: most of the time when you use sudo for graphical applications, it's fine. Some of the time, though, it is not fine, and is, in fact, extremely bad.
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Re: gksu removed from the repo's of Ubuntu 18.04

Post by lewtwo » Wed Feb 13, 2019 7:43 pm

Pjotr wrote:
Wed Feb 13, 2019 6:57 pm
Bottom line: most of the time when you use sudo for graphical applications, it's fine. Some of the time, though, it is not fine, and is, in fact, extremely bad.
Well said.
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Re: gksu removed from the repo's of Ubuntu 18.04

Post by mattlach » Wed Feb 13, 2019 9:38 pm

Pjotr wrote:
Wed Feb 13, 2019 6:57 pm
Golden oldie summarized in two lines:
Bottom line: most of the time when you use sudo for graphical applications, it's fine. Some of the time, though, it is not fine, and is, in fact, extremely bad.
Interesting. In my 18 years of using one Linux distribution or another as my primary desktop OS, I've never had anything extremely (or even mildly) bad happen as a result. I guess I've just been lucky?
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Re: gksu removed from the repo's of Ubuntu 18.04

Post by Pjotr » Thu Feb 14, 2019 5:51 am

mattlach wrote:
Wed Feb 13, 2019 9:38 pm
Pjotr wrote:
Wed Feb 13, 2019 6:57 pm
Golden oldie summarized in two lines:
Bottom line: most of the time when you use sudo for graphical applications, it's fine. Some of the time, though, it is not fine, and is, in fact, extremely bad.
Interesting. In my 18 years of using one Linux distribution or another as my primary desktop OS, I've never had anything extremely (or even mildly) bad happen as a result. I guess I've just been lucky?
Dunno. But I strongly advise to apply this sanitizing command, which should restore the ownership of all your user files to their rightful owner:

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sudo chown -R -v $USER:$USER $HOME
.... and from then on, sin no more. :mrgreen:
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