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I used to use gksudo gedit /etc/something.conf to edit system configuration files but this doesn't seem to work any more. Looks like there is no gksudo in 13.04. How can I add it back or what am I intended to use instead?

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Yes, there is NO gksudo available for Ubuntu 13.04. It has been removed. So, you can use 'sudo' instead. Just type: sudo -i gedit /etc/something.conf. You will be asked for your password.

If you are not comfortable with it, use this sudo apt-get install gksu to install gksu, and you can use the gksudo command.

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    I've heard using sudo for GUI programs is fundamentally wrong. Don't actually know why though. – Ivan May 5 '13 at 1:24
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    You might like to read this meta.askubuntu.com/questions/6634/… – thefourtheye May 5 '13 at 5:57
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    sudo can be bad as explained here but sudo -i runs a shell as root so is always safe. – Warren Hill May 7 '13 at 11:30

Thanks to thefourtheye's link I've found the answer and am sharing it here for further reference:

The package name is gksu so the answer to the actual question is

sudo apt-get install gksu

However, one should probably consider reading PSA: gksu is no longer installed by default and Why is gksu no longer installed by default in 13.04? if interested in this question.

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