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Bug 75655 - Proposal for nautilus running as root
Proposal for nautilus running as root
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: nautilus (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Alexander Larsson
Jay Turner
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Reported: 2002-10-10 14:52 EDT by Gérard Milmeister
Modified: 2015-01-07 19:01 EST (History)
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Last Closed: 2004-10-04 08:50:06 EDT
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Description Gérard Milmeister 2002-10-10 14:52:14 EDT
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User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 Galeon/1.2.5 (X11; Linux i686; U;) Gecko/20020809

Description of problem:
You can run nautilus has root, but it works only well if you use the
--no-desktop option.
My proposal is to add a command nautilus-root, that would start up with the
--no-desktop option, and authentifying using pam.
I could do that myself using a script and creating a corresponding file in
pam.d, but of course shell scripts are too unsecure to do this. So a complete
setup with binary and a menu entry, plus a clear look for the nautilus window,
that identifies it as root, would be useful addition to RedHat.

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Comment 1 Havoc Pennington 2002-10-10 15:05:31 EDT
Personally I would not do this (I'd expect nautilus to do things like drop
metadata under /usr...)

But of course it should be made to work, as you should be able to do root 
tasks without using the command line.
Comment 2 Gérard Milmeister 2002-10-10 18:35:00 EDT
Yes, you are right of course. There could be a special root nautilus mode, that
might implement some access properties like in sudo.
Comment 3 Alexander Larsson 2004-10-04 08:50:06 EDT
It would be nice in general to have better ways to handle operations
that need root in the GUI. I'm not sure running a whole nautilus as
root is a good idea. 

Anyway, this has to be solved upstream. Upstream already know about
this issue, so I'm just gonna close this bug for now. Thanks for your

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