Will gksu be available for Bionic (18.04)?

Asked by Matthew on 2018-06-05

The gksu package isn't available on the latest ve.rsion of Ubuntu (18.04). Any reason why?

I'm trying to run autopoweroff (https://github.com/deragon/autopoweroff) which depends on this package.

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Best Manfred Hampl (m-hampl) said : #1

see the publishing history https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/gksu/+publishinghistory

Removal requested on 2018-04-18.
Deleted on 2018-04-18
(From Debian) RoM; RoQA; unmaintained; Debian bug https://bugs.debian.org/892768

and from the Debian bug report
"gksu has been deprecated for years. The intent of gksu is to allow running apps with elevated privileges but the recommended way to do that is for the app developer to use PolicyKit to request elevated privileges for the specific actions that need done instead of for the whole app to run as root.

For the next major stable release of Debian (codenamed Buster), the Debian GNOME team plans to default to GNOME on Wayland where gksu does not even work.

gksu is unmaintained (last upload 2014) and is considered a security vulnerability.

Therefore, please remove it."

The autopoweroff developers seem to be aware of the problem, see https://github.com/deragon/autopoweroff/blob/master/TODO.txt#L29

Matthew (gaff33) said : #2

Thanks Manfred Hampl, that solved my question.