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Old 12-30-2009, 02:10 PM   #1
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Gnome permissions "not authorized to make changes"

Hey, i recently convert from ubuntu to arch, one of the window manages i'm installing is Gnome to show off how simple linux can be (go figure). I was wondering if anyone would know of a way to make programs in gnome that may require a root password to do certain changes throw up a prompt asking for a password to gain sudo priviledges?

Example: I try to make changes to the network through the GUI program network-admin.
When I click the link it throws up the program, but will not allow me to make changes to it because i'm not root. In ubuntu, it simply prompted for a password, but with the default setup on arch. I don't have that functionality.

Now I know I could simply run: sudo network-admin and have access to the program with no problem... but i would still prefer the other way, does anyone know how I could achieve this?

note: I'm thinking it has something to do with the group that my user needs to be in... what group would your user need to be in to edit gnome's configuration files?

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Old 12-30-2009, 02:20 PM   #2
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The program that pops up the dialog in gnome is called gksu. Try prefixing it to your commands. "gksu program_name"

kde has kdesu, which does the same thing.


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