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In the past, I wanted to add a port to kppp (dialer) for my modem driver which made it's own unique port that was not in the list of available ports in kppp. Instead of chasing down a guide or instructions on how to do this I sent an e-mail to the kde team and they responded within a few days telling me I couldn't do it, that saved me a lot of time.
I have an older version of KDE, and noticed in synaptic that there is a package called "kdesudo" which is probably the best route to take at this point for a graphical application that allows you to open other applications as root or another user.
Or you can just set up sudo if you just need to do it from command line.
My girlfriend's running kde4.2 on Debian Squeeze/Sid and the above code works. It takes a moment after you've supplied your root password for konqueror to open up, but it does and in root mode.
edit: [FLASH] She tried it with kdesu and it works too. Just do alt-f2 and type that in.
(remember, Slack has not nearly the Gnome stuff that Debian might)
There is no command 'gksu' or 'gtksu' on my system (Slack64-current), and running it via the ALT-F2 didn't help, BUT thanks for the ALT-F2 tip -- I didn't know of that, and I like that vs. opening a terminal and typung my command there.
My pleasure. But that's why we tried kdesu afterwards. So even with 0 gnome packages you should be ok. I can't imagine why it would work on hers but not on yours. She's running a 2.6.30 kernel. Could that make a difference?