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Is it possible to launch an application with elevated privilidges using the GUI in Ubuntu 9.04? Maybe something similar to the right-click / "Run as Administrator" in Windows Vista?

For example, I want to use gedit to modify a system configuration file. Once I find the file in the File Browser, is there a way to use the GUI to open the file without having to open a terminal and using sudo?

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Alt-F2 to open Ubuntu's equivalent to the Run dialog. Then type gksudo gedit /path/to/config/file and hit enter. Alternatively, create a launcher on your desktop or gnome-panel that launches gksudo.

edit: This article says to install nautilus-gksu for the right-click open-as-root option.

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Without type, using the mouse – D'Arvit Sep 19 '09 at 19:02
You'll still end up having to type a password, but the article I linked to has mostly-mouseful methods. – regan Sep 19 '09 at 19:04
nautilus-gksu was exactly what I was looking for. Thanks! – Chrisbux Sep 19 '09 at 19:42

Yes there is I use it weekly..

search on Tombuntu as I forget the script name..has two options run this APP and Run this app as root

other right click options in the same script are mount media and etc..

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I don't see the script you are writing about. Could you please share the name if you find it in case others are interested in this topic as well? – Chrisbux Sep 26 '09 at 3:21

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