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Thread: Allowing normal users to upgrade the system?

  1. #1
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    Thumbs down Allowing normal users to upgrade the system?

    Hi!

    Here's what I want to do: install ubuntu on a laptop and then create a normal user so that the user could install the normal upgrades without using the root account (or getting root privileges via sudo).

    I know that this can be done by adding the user to the admin group, but this has (at least) two bad side effects:

    1. The user can use sudo to gain root access. (And then do everything: install or remove programs...)

    2. The update-manager doesn't seem to appear in the panel. (In stead it opens in the background.)

    I could easily make a script that downloads and installs the upgrades automaticly, but I'd like to give the user a chance to choose when to do all this. So that it's not done for example when the user is using slow mobile connection.

    Any ideas how to do this?

  2. #2
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    Lightbulb Re: Allowing normal users to upgrade the system?

    Nobody has any ideas?

    Not even for this:

    Quote Originally Posted by FanOfTuxs View Post
    2. The update-manager doesn't seem to appear in the panel. (In stead it opens in the background.)
    (And by background I meant that the update application starts automaticly as minimized.)

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    Re: Allowing normal users to upgrade the system?

    Answering to myself then, to the 2nd part, which can be done with:

    Code:
    gconftool -s --type bool /apps/update-notifier/auto_launch false
    Still haven't found a way to do the upgrades without adding the user to the admin group...

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