Desktop Entry Specification - ExecuteAs proposition

PCMan at
Fri Mar 5 10:33:17 PST 2010

On Fri, Mar 5, 2010 at 8:07 PM, Vincent Untz <vuntz at> wrote:
> Le vendredi 05 mars 2010, à 12:26 +0100, Pierre Wieser a écrit :
>> Hi
>> Work currently done on a shared specification about file manager actions
>> extensions (a definitive name is always to be found) has led us to define
>> an 'ExecuteAs' key.
> I admit I didn't catch up with this thread. What is the rationale
> explaining the need for this key?
>> Goal of this key is to let the action creator specify with which user/uid
>> the command must be ran.
> I believe it's been discussed in the past, but I think some people
> didn't like the idea and would prefer to avoid any kind of su/sudo usage
> on the desktop. This is where PolicyKit steps in.

Another point, those two are not equivalent.
Sudo can run the program as "any other user" and this is not what
policykit is designed for.

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