multiple gksudo's at the same time isn't nice

Bug #12297 reported by Eric Feliksik on 2005-01-26
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
gksu (Ubuntu)
Sebastien Bacher

Bug Description

When opening multiple gksudo's so fast that the first one doesn't block X before
the others are launched, they form an invisible stack. Often this gives no big
problems, but sometimes it does, which makes things look very much like a lockup
(although it looks like hitting ESC always helps, and one can switch to tty1 to
kill gksudo).

I propose two things:

1) Make it impossible to run multiple gksudo's at the same time
2) When gksudo is started, repaint the desktop in grayscale, and display gksudo
in color.

Point 1 is because it is possible (by doing weird things like running `gksudo ls
& gksudo ls & gksudo ls & gksudo ls`, but also by clicking on the new update
notifier applet quickly) to make a lot of gksudo's run, and when cancelling them
things get messy with repainting, looking like a lockup. The locking X is a bit
delayed, so maybe gksudo can assert it's the only one running, or quit.
Point 2 is to make the user more aware of the fact that gksudo locked X. At
first I was confused when my apps didn't respond, although I quickly got the
point. Not everybody will, and graying things out will make it very clear.
(Fading is too much, I thing, what I've seen in the gnome-logout thing is Far
Too Slow)

I hope to hear some feedback.

Eric Feliksik (milouny) wrote :

Because the window manager is ignored (Window menu and close buttons can't be
used), it might also be nice to drop the borders, like the gnome-logout does. It
makes things look much more like "You are doing something with the OS (switching
user), not just looking at a dialog window".

By the way, I wonder: Why does gksu lock X at all? Does it prevent malware,
running with the priviledges of the active user, from reading the keystrokes?
Could the looks of gksu, including the locking of X, be mimicked?

Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :

*** Bug 12640 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***

Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :

 gksu (1.2.3-2ubuntu1) hoary; urgency=low
   * Sync with debian:
     - fix the multiple instance lock (Hoary: #5913).

Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :

*** Bug 13187 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***

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