alternative to X-KDE-SubstituteUID for non KDE desktops

Bastian, Waldo waldo.bastian at
Mon Apr 24 02:39:44 EEST 2006

The Portland project has proposed a "xdg-su" command that could be used
to prompt the user for elevated privileges. There seems to be some
objection to that approach though so it's probably a good idea if you
subscribe to the portland mailinglist and join the discussion there, in
particular it would help if you can present actual use cases that
require this functionality. 

Waldo Bastian
Linux Client Architect - Client Linux Foundation Technology
Channel Platform Solutions Group
Intel Corporation -
OSDL DTL Tech Board Chairman

>-----Original Message-----
>From: xdg-bounces at [mailto:xdg-
>bounces at] On Behalf Of Fathi Boudra
>Sent: Friday, April 21, 2006 3:08 AM
>To: xdg at
>Subject: alternative to X-KDE-SubstituteUID for non KDE desktops
>a user of a KDE apps asked for an alternative to X-KDE-SubstituteUID
>KDE desktops:
>After some investigation, i found this thread "Mini-proposal for
>Privileges in menu-spec":
>i would like to avoid gksu dependency for a KDE apps. Do i need to
>specific desktop file for each desktops ? or Is there a common way to
>user privilege ?
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