kdesud

KDESU(1)            Runs a program with elevated privileges.            KDESU(1)



NAME
       kdesu - Runs a program with elevated privileges.

SYNOPSIS
       kdesu [Qt-options] [KDE-options] [kdesu options] command

DESCRIPTION
       Runs a program with elevated privileges.

       KDE su is a graphical front end to the Unix su utility. It allows you to
       run programs as another user by entering their password. It is not a SUID
       root program, but runs unprivileged. The system program su is used for
       acquiring special privileges.

       kdesu has the ability to store passwords for the convenience of users.
       The passwords are NOT written to disk, but stored in memory using a
       special program, kdesud. This is only done if the user specifies that the
       password be remembered. In this case, passwords are stored in memory for
       a certain period of time before being removed. kdesud runs in such a way
       that only the user who entered the password originally can use it, though
       no one, not even the user who originally entered the password, can
       retrieve the password that is stored by kdesud. Through these measures,
       users can avoid having to repeatedly enter root passwords or other
       passwords, without a significant risk to overall system security.

OPTIONS
   Generic options:
       --help Show help about options

       --help-qt
              Show Qt specific options

       --help-kde
              Show KDE specific options

       --help-all
              Show all options

       --author
              Show author information

       -v, --version
              Show version information

       --license
              Show license information


   kdesu Options:
       -c <command>
              Specifies the command to run

       -f <file>
              Run command under target uid if <file> is not writable

       -u <user>
              Specifies the target uid [default is root]

       -n     Do not keep password

       -s     Stop the daemon (forgets all passwords)

       -t     Enable terminal output (no password keeping)

       -p <prio>
              Set priority value: 0 <= prio <= 100, 0 is lowest [default is 50]

       -r     Use realtime scheduling

       --nonewdcop
              Let command use existing dcopserver

       -i <icon name>
              Specify icon to use in the password dialog

       -d     Do not show the command to be run in the dialog


   Arguments:
       command
              Specifies the command to run


SEE ALSO
       Full user documentation is available through the KDE Help Center. You can
       also enter the URL help:/kdesu/ directly into konqueror or you can run
       `khelpcenter help:/kdesu/' from the command-line.

AUTHORS
       Geert Jansen <jansen@kde.org>
       Pietro Iglio <iglio@fub.it>

       This manual page was written by Christopher Martin <chrsmrtn@debian.org>
       for Debian GNU/Linux, but may be used by others. It borrows from an
       earlier manpage by Karolina Lindqvist <pgd-karolinali@algonet.se>.



K Desktop Environment               May 2005                            KDESU(1)