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Old 03-25-2004, 11:24 AM   #1
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gsu - Gnome superuser problem

Hi everybody.
I've recently installed suse 9 on my computer and i'm using gnome desktop...
There's a shortcut named 'Gnome SuperUser' in System->More programs menu, but when i try to run it, i get an error message saying:
'Can't launch entry

Details: Failed to execute child process "gsu" (No such file or directory)'

Has anybody got any idea why this is happening? It would be of great help to habe su privileges in gnome gui...
Thanx in advance..
Old 03-25-2004, 12:12 PM   #2
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What are you trying to do as GNOME Superuser??

Usually if you're using the GUI for configuration, and you need to do something as root, it'll throw up a authentication box asking for the root password. At least that's what it does in RH, I've never used Suse so I can't comment.

Otherwise, just using a terminal in Gnome then "su"ing would get the job done.
Old 03-25-2004, 02:09 PM   #3
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The error message means that Gsu isn't installed on your system (or it's installed in a different place than where the menu entry is looking). Either install Gsu or switch over to PAM (what Red Hat uses). I would suggest PAM; it's a lot of work to get it set up but it's secure and simple to use.
Old 03-26-2004, 03:56 AM   #4
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Thank you all guys for answering.
I'll check out PAM and see what i can do, but there's one more thing i'd like to ask regarding this problem:
When i go to run command and type in 'gsu', before i click enter, the default icon which is next to the textbox changes to an application icon...I guess that this means that the os understands 'gsu' as a valid command, right?
I think so, that's why i can't understand what is going on exactly..
BTW, this prob with the icon shows up with 'yast2' command too sometimes...
Any ideas? Is there any chance to have anything to do with the $PATH parameter?
Old 03-29-2004, 03:48 PM   #5
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I just ran into the same problem, both gsu and KDE's superuser viewer are not found, I looked in the install and couln't find it there either, maybe this is just a tease to get you buy the cd's, I couldn't find a gsu RPM anywhere, so I tried running Nautilus from a root shell like I did in mandrake but that wouldn't work. I'll look into pam before I give up on Suse, becouse part of my set up will be moving a lot of files in root which is easier to do in a GUI. I couls rest all the permissions but that would compromise security.



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