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Old 11-28-2003, 11:59 AM   #1
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changing to root user without command line

Hi everyone. I switched to Linux a little while ago and that's all I'm running. I forgot that sometimes my cousin likes to use my computer and download things and talk to her friends or maybe play some games. I've installed gaim and limewire and that substitutes msn and kazaa, and I just make short cuts on the desktop that open them right up. For her but the games is where the problem comes in.

I know what some people are thinking but here's what's going on. I'm using an snes9x emulator for linux, cause that's what my cousin was using the most in windows. If I run snes9x in anything but root, I can't switch to full screen, I'm not sure why. My cousin is only 11 years old and I don't want to teach her unix commands so she can open this. I would like to make a shortcut that would somehow run the program as the root user. Does anyone know a way to do this?

Old 11-28-2003, 12:08 PM   #2
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make the shortcut...

then...right click the shortcut and go to properties....

on one of the tabs it will say "run a different user" and you should be able to check the box for "root". You may have to give the 11 year old the root password as it will ask for it when you run the game.

i wish i knew of a way to supply that password.....
Old 11-28-2003, 12:23 PM   #3
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Yeah, I would too actually. But you got me somewhere though. Thank you
Old 11-28-2003, 03:14 PM   #4
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Hey Kaega2,

I am also fairly new to linux, and wanted the same ability, without supplying a pw everytime. If you run 'visudo' it will allow you to modify your 'sudoers' file, which will all you to type a command such as 'sudo mygame' and run it as whoever you want. In the user privelege section, add a line (all on one line) similar to this:

myusername mycomputername = (root) NOPASSWD:/pathtoapp1/appname1,/pathtoapp2/appname2

Then your shortcut can just be 'sudo /pathtoapp1/appname1' and will be run as root without requiring a password, as long as 'myusername' is running it.

Hope that helps..


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