I'm running Ubuntu 14.04 and I want to run wine under a different account for security reasons. I also want to access it from different accounts. So I made an account called wine and now I want a way to make it easy to run Wine or Playonlinux w/o having to run special commands each time. (I'm setting this up for my family who each have different accounts.)

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    – Fabby
    Sep 7 '18 at 8:29

This is a 4-step process:

  1. Install gksu by apt-get install gksu
  2. Create a bash script that uses gksu - wine to change to the user wine and then execute the commands needed. (as that script is used by all users, it should probably go in /usr/local/bin.
    (For the cautious types: try it in ~/bin first)
  3. Turn X11 forwarding on by adding the following line as last line: export $(dbus-launch) to your /etc/bash.bashrc
  4. Create a link (or a desktop file) to that script and put it on the individual user's desktop.

Pro Tip: If you want to run that link without a password, have a look here

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    gksu or gksudo might be better since OP probably wants to run GUI applications. sudo doesn't work so well for application starters. ;-] Feb 9 '15 at 21:11
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    You might want to mention that gksu is not installed by default; the script will not do anything noticeble then :)). Feb 10 '15 at 7:57
  • Danke @DavidFoerster! I'm running with X11 forwarding, so I tend to forget... :(
    – Fabby
    Feb 10 '15 at 7:58
  • Dank je @JacobVlijm. Adapted!
    – Fabby
    Feb 10 '15 at 8:02
  • I made this file [/usr/local/bin/playonlinux.sh] #!/bin/bash gksu -u wine /usr/bin/playonlinux It fails silently. What did I do wrong?
    – Jason
    Feb 11 '15 at 2:27

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