sudo (Was Re: [SATLUG] OpenDNS)

country glenn.toothman at gmail.com
Sat Jun 7 08:27:03 CDT 2008


su is a command, and it is in every release of *NIX I've worked with, it was
in SVR2 ,3, 4 back when, not unique to Linux based products.

On Fri, Jun 6, 2008 at 10:33 PM, Daniel J. Givens <daniel at rugmonster.org>
wrote:

> On Fri, 06 Jun 2008 19:42:23 -0500
> Brad Knowles <brad at shub-internet.org> wrote:
>
> > Don Crowder wrote:
> >
> > > I don't want to contribute to the hair splitting but "sudo" is, on
> > > my system, a package which I can install/uninstall via apt-get or
> > > Synaptic. "Su" isn't a package but is, rather, a CLI command.
>
> su is an application that is part of the GNU coreutils. It comes from a
> package like everything else on your box.
>
> > But sudo is a CLI program too.  That is, unless someone has created
> > another program that provides the same functionality and used the
> > same name, but also given it a GUI.  In which case, they should call
> > it gsudo, or some other name to distinguish it from the original
> > CLI-only version.
>
> sudo is one thing. Some distros, primarily Debian-based ones, have
> gksudo which is a separate application and package from sudo.
>
> Fedora doesn't have gksudo, but their not-quite-equivalent method of
> running something with elevated privileges is through the use of
> zenity, which either execute su or sudo. As far as I can
> tell, there is no set standard to use one or the other.
>
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