Proposing to host system-auth-agent in fdo

Thomas Leonard tal00r at
Wed Oct 13 12:17:53 EEST 2004

On Tue, Oct 12, 2004 at 07:05:15PM +0200, Carlos Garnacho wrote:
> Hi all,
> During the past weeks I've been developing system-auth-agent, which
> provides an API for running processes with raised privileges, and
> allowing to remember which user can do what without being asked for
> password, please read the rationale and tell me whether it's worth for
> inclusion in fdo :)
> Why not sudo?
> =============
> while sudo already does a lot that this proposal does, it's highly
> orientated to command line, and really hard to wrap in a GUI-friendly
> way, so for adding new rules, the user must trust in the distro doing
> the right thing, or adding the new rule by hand. This proposal provides
> a simple and flexible replacement for letting users run things as root
> and add rules in a GUI way

What problems prevent us from fixing sudo and/or su, instead of adding yet
another suid binary?

Dr Thomas Leonard
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