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I guess I was mostly wondering why when in Fluxbox it does not automatically prompt me for my password like it does in Gnome. Instead it flat out denies me.
I can gksu, su or sudo and get a root nautilus however it is different than the user. It will not detect the partition so I still can't mount it this way. I am wondering if this issue is related to the fact that I did not setup a root account when I installed. When it asked I declined to set up root so that it would set up sudo for my user account instead.
Well I solved the one problem of mounting the partition, though not exactly the way I wanted to do so. I am able to mount it with gnome disk utility. Though it took some digging to figure out what the command is to launch it from the terminal:
I would still like to have the function of it prompting me when it needs authentication, though maybe this isn't possible in Fluxbox.
Fluxbox just starts and stops programs. It should not affect the behavior of that program once it starts.
For grins and giggles, I just started gksu from a terminal in Fluxbox on Debian Squeeze.
It showed a dialog to enter the command I wanted to run, with a drop down to select "as user." The dropdown defaulted to root.
I typed in a command, then clicked "run." At that point it asked me for the root password. There was a checkbox to remember the password or not, with an option to remember it for the session or put it in gnome-keyring.
Anyway, that's what I'm seeing. Perhaps Sid behaves differently.