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Instead of using gksudo in a bash script, I want to invoke the authenticate dialog ( as in screenshot) instead. Is it possible? If yes, how?

Thanks.

Ubuntu Authentication dialog

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  • Isn't that dialog invoked by gksu itself or policykit (for example synaptic). – Uri Herrera Dec 26 '12 at 0:26
  • Not at all. it's not gksu (gksudo is somehow an alias for gksu in Ubuntu). But policykit is from what I recall a keyword in what I am looking for. Of course, when you run synaptic without root privilege, it prompts you with the authenticate dialog I am interested in. – Hanynowsky Dec 26 '12 at 1:07
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Well. 'just found the man page in Ubuntu wiki. Actually it's pkexec

pkexec --$USER somepackage

Solution

Thanks @Uri Herrera . You were the trigger.

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