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KDE + urxvt + su + screen

I wanted to set up a button in KDE to open up a terminal and log me in as root. But the behavior I wanted was that if this was the first time I clicked the button, it should spawn a new screen session; otherwise if a screen session already existed, it should use that one. Luckily the -R flag for screen does exactly this.

I don't have sudo on my system any more, so I had to use su for this. So the first thing I tried was setting up a KDE button on kicker that used this command:

urxvt -e su - -c screen -R

This did not work. When I clicked the button, it would prompt me for my root password, but then it would ALWAYS spawn a new screen session, even if a detached one already existed. Can you see what's wrong?

I should have used this:

urxvt -e su - -c 'screen -R'

su was gobbling up the -R flag itself, so screen never saw it. This second version works just fine.

October 22, 2006 @ 12:44 PM PDT
Cateogory: Linux
Tags: KDE, Linux

1 Comment

Quoth Jamie on October 23, 2006 @ 12:05 AM PDT

Why don't you have sudo? I take it there is a good reason for it, I'm just being nosey :P