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In regular Ubuntu (Unity/Gnome), I use gksudo to run GUI programs with root privileges. I'm trying out Kubuntu (or KDE) now -- what do I use?

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This seems to be too obvious to ask&answer. – Oleh Prypin Jul 20 '12 at 8:20
I disagree. Didn't know it before, as I've never seen the kdesudo command before. – Exeleration-G Jul 20 '12 at 23:55
similarly; I remember a kdesu for some reason that is 'command not found' in 15.04 at least – Mark Mar 1 '15 at 9:41
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The Kubuntu/KDE equivalent of gksudo is kdesudo. You can use this in the terminal or via the graphical command box on the top of the screen (Alt-F2).

When you do this, or otherwise launch an application which requires root privileges, you will get a kdesudo popup like this:

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Note: If you are not getting this box with GUI applications, it may indicate a problem with the way the KDE desktop environment was installed. Please try reinstalling kubuntu-desktop if you are not using Kubuntu.

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