Is the difference between
sudo cmd and
gksu cmd, the same as the difference
between starting a shell with
sudo -i and
... or put another way,
sudo cmd the same as
sudo -i cmd
gksu cmd the same as
sudo -s cmd?
EDIT: Based on what I read on an Ubuntu Documentation Page where it says:
You should never use normal sudo to start graphical applications as root. You should use gksudo (kdesudo on Kubuntu) to run such programs. gksudo sets HOME=~root, and copies .Xauthority to a tmp directory. This prevents files in your home directory becoming owned by root. (AFAICT, this is all that's special about the environment of the started process with gksudo vs. sudo).
The "AFAICT" doen't really give me full confidence that there is nothing more to it.
(..a belated UPDATE: I tested his commemnt today (2 months later) about:
"This prevents files in your home directory becoming owned by root."
All files I created via sudo/gksu were all owned by "root", and the group was "root".)
I've read parts of the
info sudo and noticed the
-s seem to be doing the same thing as the AFAICT environment issue...
but I hit overload.. so I've asked my question here.
PS.. My question is not about sudo vs gksu
.. It is more about: Is gksu the same as sudo -s
.. and if not, how do they differ?