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Old 12-31-2009, 04:13 PM   #1
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launch root console with a profile loaded

Hello all! I posted this in the Debian forum (I'm using Debian Lenny with GNOME), but nobody has bitten yet, so I figured I'd post it here.

Simple request: I'm trying to launch a root terminal with a profile preloaded, but I'm not yet used to the way gnome handles its syntax, so the default link to root terminal has me confused:
gksu -D Terminal -- env -u ORBIT_SOCKETDIR /usr/bin/x-terminal-emulator
Apparently, the method using gnome-terminal is to add a trailing
but this did not work, probably because in this case I'm not calling directly on gnome's terminal.

I'm sure there is an easy fix. Thanks in advance.
Old 01-01-2010, 09:19 AM   #2
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It doesn't work for me either. No matter if I use gksu or not. [Kubuntu 8.04].

I am assuming you'd like your root terminal to be differently coloured, or something, to remind you that it is a root terminal.

So, launch it using gksu
Create a new profile, call it roots, and customise it the way you like.
Then, in the terminal, Edit .. Profiles. Set "Profile to be used when launching a new terminal" to roots

Now root's terminal will always launch with root's profile.
Yours won't (because root's profile is stored in /root and yours in ~)

Edit .. profiles has a useful Help button too (so you can set your preferred title etc.)

It's a "workaround". Hope it helps.
Old 01-01-2010, 03:03 PM   #3
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Thanks for your suggestion, tredegar. What I'd ideally like to do is to have all of my profiles setup with different hotkeys, so I could launch a specific root terminal profile from my desktop. I admin a number of servers at my job and am trying to streamline my work interface. There are quite a few systems I need root access to, and it would be nice to have them separately allocated so I don't have to 'ssh host', futz around with profile settings, etc. I know it sounds lazy, but it would save me lots of time in the long run.


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