I find Synaptic a rather convenient tool for browsing through the repositories looking what's in them but I prefer to use command line to install the actual packages (to let bash maintain history of what I have installed manually) and it annoys me that I can't use apt-get when Synaptic is running. I would also like to be able to use a nice GUI to browse remote repositories without attaching them. Does anybody happen to know a tool I might like?
Synaptic asks for root because the Synaptic
.desktop file launches
$ grep Exec /usr/share/applications/synaptic.desktop Exec=synaptic-pkexec
synaptic will avoid the root requirement, preventing Synaptic from locking the databases, or making any changes.
You can create your own
.desktop file which will invoke just
synaptic, running it as a normal user:
cp /usr/share/applications/synaptic.desktop ~/.local/share/applications chmod +x ~/.local/share/applications/synaptic.desktop sed -i 's/-pkexec//;/^Name/s/$/ (non root)/' ~/.local/share/applications/synaptic.desktop
I don't know of any browser for an unconnected repository.