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start script with sudo rights

asked 2013-06-26 13:32:36 +0000

cee gravatar image

updated 2013-06-26 20:18:39 +0000

I have a script to load needed kernel modules and then start virtualbox with 'default' image. It works fine if started from command line, but fails when started through a keyboard shortcut.
Edit:
The problem seems to be that the kernel modules are not loaded in the same shell virtualbox is started. How can I start a (temporary) shell with sudo rights through bindsym shortcut?

line to start script in ~/.3/config


set psst --no-startup-id
bindsym $sup+b exec $psst sudo -u $USER sh -c /develop/scripts/start-vbox.sh

bash script: start-vbox.sh


#!/bin/bash

########################################
# script to start virtual box 
# automatically load kernel modules
# and start virtual win7 image
########################################

cd /home/can/develop/scripts

# load kernel module
sudo modprobe vboxdrv
sudo modprobe -a vboxnetadp vboxnetflt

# start vbox with defined image
vboxmanage startvm Win7x64

Please excuse me, if a similar question already has been posted, but I couldn't figure it out yet.

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answered 2013-06-26 13:43:29 +0000

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Install gksu package and replace sudo with gksudo. It will open a GUI to type your password.

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Hi oblique, thanks for your suggestion. I don't mind entering my password into a terminal window. Most of the times I use the fingerprint reader anyway. I will edit my question accordingly.

cee gravatar imagecee ( 2013-06-26 20:12:10 +0000 )edit

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