gksu or gksudo in Ubuntu 13.04 -- Not working

Asked by Warren Hill on 2013-04-23

Yesterday I installed 13.04 on a test system to check if it was still possible to get the "Gnome Classic" desktop -- it is.

However, when I tried to run the file manager as root by pressing ALT+F2 to open the run dialogue then entering

gksu nautilus

It does not work . I also tried

gksudo nautilus

With the same result. Note on 12.04 and 12.10 (and probably earlier versions) gksudo is a symbolic link to gksu

In this case I could get away with

sudo nautilus

but this is not recommended for graphical applications for the reasons given here

I did some digging and found out that

1. gksu and gksudo are depreciated in favour of pkexec
2. gksu (and gksudo) have not been ported to Gnome 3
see here: http://changelogs.ubuntu.com/changelogs/pool/main/g/gksu/gksu_2.0.2-6ubuntu2/changelog

What is the easiest way to run graphical applications with root privileges in 13.04?

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I suggest you report a bug. Raring is not ready and not stable

Warren Hill (warren-hill) said : #2

If the bug is that gksu is not part of the standard install any more what package is it?

What defines the list of packages that are in a standard install?

Raring is due out on April 25 so I would hope its reasonably stable by now: I have not seen any suggestion it's going to be delayed. I have it installed on a separate test PC: nowhere near the one I use day to day.

Warren Hill (warren-hill) said : #3

Just had a long conversation on IRC #ubuntu-devel.

gksu can be installed in Raring but it's not the preferred way any more.

I have posted a full answer here: http://askubuntu.com/a/284717/107450