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I thought gksudo is what sudo is in terminal. I wanted to open SciTE eleveted and change some "protected" file, so I issue 'gksudo SciTE`, but nothing happens, SciTE isn't run at all - gksudo dialog shows, then I enter my password, but program doesn't start.

Is there some limitation which programs can be run under gksudo, or how do I run SciTE elevated?

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If all else fails, there's always the old standby:

$ sudo su

# SciTE

Or maybe you could check the logs and find out if its failing for a reason?

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It seems that problem is with the path: I have SciTE it in ~/.local/bin/SciTE (which is in my PATH env set in .bashrc) which is not recognised when run gksudo for some reason. So running gksudo ~/.local/bin/SciTE works. – zetah Jan 15 '12 at 9:18

No, but you have to use the command and not the name. Also remember that commands are case sensitive.

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SciTE is command name for SciTE text editor if I understand you right – zetah Jan 15 '12 at 8:27
Ok. Highly unusual. :) – Jo-Erlend Schinstad Jan 15 '12 at 10:59
It builds itself by default with that name. Don't know about the executable in old version provided in Ubuntu repositories – zetah Jan 15 '12 at 11:45

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