Re: Proposed modules: my consensus so far

On Mon, 2005-01-10 at 09:59 -0500, Sean Middleditch wrote:
> On Mon, 2005-01-10 at 14:43 +0000, Mark McLoughlin wrote:
> >  1) I think a better way of implementing this type of stuff is for 
> >     gnome-system-monitor to have two modes - an admin mode and a user 
> >     mode. You might have two binaries and .desktop files, one marked as 
> >     "this needs to be run as root", or you might just have it so if you
> >     decide not to enter the root password it runs in user mode.
> That sounds grotesque and complicated.  The idea of using a backend
> process for this sounds a lot nicer, as someone else mentioned.  The
> frontend always, always runs as the user (which also means it always
> keeps the user settings, theme, etc) and any admin-tasks are done
> through a backend process that can run as either the user or root.  User
> clicks an Authenticate button to kill the current backend process and
> restart it as root.  The API for killing and restarting the backend
> should be as abstract as possible so that the implementation can
> replaced with no change to apps to support gnomesu, console-helper,
> whatever.
> Perhaps gnome-system-tools already has a component that can be used for
> this?  (It's been a while since I used gst last...)

The API is quite internal, but could be detached with some (little)


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