I am running a fairly current version of Kubuntu...

Kernel: 4.13.0-36-generic x86_64 bits: 64 Desktop: KDE Plasma 5.10.5 Distro: Ubuntu 17.10

In all the "KDE" distros I've used in the past I could easily run "gui" apps with elevated credentials: ie. "sudo dolphin", "kdesu dolphin", etc.

With kubuntu I cannot get any of these to work. I managed to do a cli "cp" to get some scripts moved to /usr/local/bin but I'm not a Linux tekkie so it was a real fight for me. If I can't get the apps I normally use to run "elevated" on those rare occasions when I have that need then kubuntu is not a good fit for me. Is there a way I can continue using kubuntu and do what I need to do?

Specifically: I need to run Dolphin with root privileges.

Thank you

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    "With kubuntu I cannot get any of these to work" is a bit vague. What error messages are you getting while trying so? Does Kubuntu 17.10 comes with Wayland as default instead of Xorg? In that case this Q&A might be useful. – pomsky Mar 4 '18 at 15:02

Clarification: your issue with Dolphin will be found in all recent KDE distros, not just Kubuntu.

The KDE developers are working on a polkit route to allow temporary elevated privileges as they have already done for Kate.

Until then, consider installing another file manager to use when you want to use a file manager with elevated privileges. sudo -H before the executable's name should do the job.

PCManFM, the default file manager in Lubuntu, and Thunar, the default in Xubuntu, are both lightweight and won't pull in too many dependencies. Midnight Commander, also in the sofware center, is another powerful file manager but it will take some getting used to.


sudo dolphin should work, if you want to input your password in a gui, use gksu dolphin. this should work both from cli and if you press alt-f2

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    gksu won't work with Wayland in 17.10 and one should avoid sudo with graphical application. -1 – David Foerster Mar 4 '18 at 16:30
  • I did not know that, haven't worked with wayland. but can you also say why you should avoid sudo with a graphical application? – Glenn van Acker Mar 4 '18 at 16:33
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  • I see your point, but that post does not say that it should always be avoided, since you're not really using the root user, but a sudoer. also, in ubuntu, gksu points to gksudo, which does not execute as root user, but as the current user with elevated privileges. as described here: askubuntu.com/questions/21033/… So i don't see the danger in that since it doesn't change ownership of any configuration files – Glenn van Acker Mar 4 '18 at 16:58
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    In any case, with the Dolphin version available in 17.10, one can't use Dolphin as root. That was not the case with Dolphin in 17.04 and earlier versions. – DK Bose Mar 4 '18 at 17:31

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