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kdesu - Runs a program with elevated privileges


kdesu [-c command] [-d] [-f file] [-i icon name] [-n] [-p priority] [-r] [-s] [-t] [-u
user] [--noignorebutton] [--attach winid]

kdesu [KDE Generic Options] [Qt Generic Options]


KDE su is a graphical front end for the UNIX® su command for the K Desktop Environment. It
allows you to run a program as different user by supplying the password for that user.
KDE su is an unprivileged program; it uses the system's su.

KDE su has one additional feature: it can optionally remember passwords for you. If you
are using this feature, you only need to enter the password once for each command.

This program is meant to be started from the command line or from .desktop files.

Since kdesu is no longer installed in
$(kde4-config --prefix)/bin but in kde4-config --path libexec and therefore not in your
Path, you have to use $(kde4-config --path libexec)kdesu to launch kdesu.


-c command
This specifies the command to run as root. It has to be passed in one argument. So if,
for example, you want to start a new file manager, you would enter at the prompt:
$(kde4-config --path libexec)kdesu -c Dolphin

Show debug information.

-f file
This option allow efficient use of KDE su in .desktop files. It tells KDE su to
examine the file specified by file. If this file is writable by the current user, KDE
su will execute the command as the current user. If it is not writable, the command is
executed as user user (defaults to root).

file is evaluated like this: if file starts with a /, it is taken as an absolute
filename. Otherwise, it is taken as the name of a global KDE configuration file.

-i icon name
Specify icon to use in the password dialog. You may specify just the name, without any

Do not keep the password. This disables the keep password checkbox in the password

-p priority
Set priority value. The priority is an arbitrary number between 0 and 100, where 100
means highest priority, and 0 means lowest. The default is 50.

Use realtime scheduling.

Stop the kdesu daemon. This is the daemon that caches successful passwords in the
background. This feature may also be disabled with -n when KDE su is initially run.

Enable terminal output. This disables password keeping. This is largely for debugging
purposes; if you want to run a console mode app, use the standard su instead.

-u user
While the most common use for KDE su is to run a command as the superuser, you can
supply any user name and the appropriate password.

Do not display an ignore button.

--attach winid
Makes the dialog transient for an X app specified by winid.

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