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One of the things that drives me nuts with Debian is that instead of doing graphical sudo (getting admin privs using an admin-level user's password) it requires the root password for things like running Synaptic. After searching high and low I found a solution that works, at least on GNOME 2.x and MATE.http://ciffer.net/~svend/blog/entry/Gno ... _password/
Basically you install the gksu package and then issue these commands:
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sudo update-alternatives --set libgksu-gconf-defaults /usr/share/libgksu/debian/gconf-defaults.libgksu-sudo
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I always wondered what gksudo was for. I just thought the only difference was typing in your admin password in the gui, instead of the terminal. I didn't realize their was a practical function to it.
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