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Root Actions Servicemenu


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Root Actions Servicemenu

Root Actions Servicemenu

Root Actions Servicemenu

Link:  http://
Downloads:  32461
Submitted:  Nov 8 2006
Updated:  Feb 27 2015


Version: 2.8.5

- You need to have "ruby" installed for Automatic installation to work

- From version 2.8 onwards, Root Actions only supports KDE4 or later...Files from version 2.7.3 are included in the package for KDE3 users.
- My mail address can be found in the README file in the package if you wish to contact me for translations or feedback (You can of course also post a comment here)
- I can't test the menu on KDE3 anymore, so I can't guarantee the menu works 100% on KDE3
- Full Kf5 support is work in progress, but the menu should work on kf5 as is.


Root Actions servicemenu provides a convenient way to perform several actions 'as root', from the right-click context menu in KDE filemanagers.

It aims to be distribution agnostic, if you experience issues in your distribution, drop me an email describing the issue.

The menu needs a properly configured kdesu/kdesudo to work (kdesudo is preferred, for some added functionality, like remembering password for a period of time...timeout is configurable by sudo settings)

Any comments, criticism and improvement suggestions welcomed :)

Included in the download are .desktop file versions for KDE3 konqueror, KDE3 dolphin, KDE4 and KF5 (both konqueror and dolphin) and an importable user action xml file for krusader KDE4...see installation for details.


I've dropped version 1.x from the package since 2.x is stable and can do a lot more than 1.x. If you're still interested in the 1.x version, drop me a mail and I'll send it to you.

Thanks to:
Stefan Majewsky - German translation (1.1.x and 2.x)
Pierre Buard - French translation (1.1.x)
Guillaume Millet &
Jean-Marc Detourmignies - French translation (2.x)
Alessio - Italian translation (1.1.x)
Massimo Pissarello - Italian translation (2.x)
João Pedro Gomes - Portuguese translation (2.x)
Viruscg - Brazilian Portuguese translation (1.1.x amd 2.x partial)
Eduardo Grau - Spanish translation (1.1.x and 2.x)
Kenny Verstraete - Dutch translation (1.1.x and 2.x)
Paul Körössy - Hungarian translation (2.x)
nikt_taki - Polish translation (2.x)
Andreas Nordal - Norwegian translation (2.x)
Jakub Matas - Czech translation (2.x)
Donatas Glodenis - Lithuanian translation (2.x)
Mladen Pejaković - Serbian translation (2.x)
Netrebin Alexey - Russian translation (2.x)
Cihat Imamoglu - Turkish translation (2.x)
Manuel Tortosa Moreno - Catalan translation (2.x)
Neo Tet - Greek translation (2.x)
Adrián Chaves Fernández - Galician translation (2.x)
Mihael Simonič - Slovene translation (2.x)
Niklas Åkerström - Swedish translation (2.x)

Essential: (these should already be installed on a standard KDE installation)
perl -the script is written in perl
kdesu | kdesudo -to gain administrative privileges
kdialog -to show dialogs
kreadconfig -to read kde configuration
dolphin | konqueror -filemanager
kwrite | kate -editor
ark -handles compression

krename -for multiple file (batch) renaming
krusader -to use the included krusader actions
xdg-utils -for default application support (2.5.x-)


Some distributions have packages available in either their main repos or community repos. For easy installation and possible distro specific patches you can use them if available. Manual installation instructions below:

Version 2.3 ->
1. Uncompress the rootactions-servicemenu.pl script in Root_Actions_2.x to a directory in your $PATH. /usr/local/bin or /usr/bin are two valid options. Make the script executable (if it's not).

2a. (Konqueror for KDE3) Uncompress the three .desktop files in /konqueror-KDE3 to ~/.kde/share/apps/konqueror/servicemenus (This will enable the menu for individual users, if you wish to enable the menu for all users, copy the files to /usr/share/apps/konqueror/servicemenus instead).

2b. (Dolphin for KDE3) Uncompress the two .desktop files in /dolphin-KDE3 to ~/.kde/share/apps/d3lphin/servicemenus (This will enable the menu for individual users, if you wish to enable the menu for all users, copy the files to /usr/share/apps/d3lphin/servicemenus instead).

2c. (Dolphin and Konqueror for KDE4) Uncompress the two .desktop files in /dolphin-KDE4 to your kde4 servicemenu folder (possibly ~/.kde/share/kde4/services/ServiceMenus...although $KDEHOME [".kde"] can be something else in your distribution). If you wish to use konqueror instead of dolphin as your filemanager, edit 10-rootactionsfolders.desktop by changing 'dolphin' to 'konqueror'.

2d. (Dolphin and Konqueror for Kf5) Copy the two .desktop files in /dolphin-KDE4 to your kf5 servicemenu folder (likely ~/.local/share/kservices5/ServiceMenus). If you wish to use konqueror instead of dolphin as your filemanager, edit 10-rootactionsfolders.desktop by changing 'dolphin' to 'konqueror'.

2e. (Krusader for KDE4) Import krusader_rootactions.xml file in /krusader-KDE4 with krusader's action manager.

----Available Actions----------------------------------------------------------------

Version 2.x
- Open Terminal Here (folders) - open a root terminal session in chosen folder
- Open in File Manager (folders) - open chosen folder(s) in file manager
- Open as Text (files) - open chosen folder(s) in text editor
- Open With ... (both) - open chosen items in a program of your choice

- Copy (both) - copy a single file or folder (ADDED in 2.1)
- Move/Rename (both) - if multiple items selected and a batch renamer installed (default is krename) start renamer, otherwise use a simple move/rename dialog
- Compress (both) - Compress selected files/folders (ADDED in 2.7)
- Delete (both) - Completely removes chosen items (as this is potentially hazardous, there is an extra confirmation dialog), handy for removing back-up files etc.

- Ownership to Root (both) - change ownership of chosen items to root:root
- Ownership to Active User (both) - change ownership of chosen items to current user
- Ownership to ... (both) - change ownership of chosen items to UID:GID of your choice

- Change Permissions (both) - change permissions of chosen items
If only a single folder is selected, permissions/ownership can be set recursively. If changing permissions recursively, files are only set executable if they already are executable (Otherwise all files in a directory would be set executable if the parent folder is set executable, which is necessary for the folder to be accessible)

----Translating and customizing:-----------------------------------------------------

Read the README file in the package for instructions on translating and customizing the menu


This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify
it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by
the Free Software Foundation; either version 2, or (at your option)
any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License
along with this program; if not, write to the Free Software
Foundation, Inc., 51 Franklin Street, Fifth Floor, Boston, MA
02110-1301, USA.


2.8.5 Root reminders back for KDE4 (Really fix it this time)
- Added back root reminders for KDE4 (thanks to Caldazar for the patch), haven't found a way to add them to KF5 apps.

2.8.4 Root reminders back for KDE4
- Bad upload
2.8.3 KF5 quick fix
- Removed root reminders for now because of kf5/qt5 compatibility (no "--caption" option support)
- I'll try to add them back if I find a way to do that. TIP: Setting a different theme/color scheme for root will help you distinguish root apps even without the reminders.

2.8.2 Hopefully refixed the issue originally fixed in 2.7.4/2.8 and reverted in 2.8.1
- Using dbus-run-session, which is a better solution than dbus-launch.
- dbus-run-session is only available in dbus 1.8.x >, so the fix will only work with newer dbus releases, but the menu will still work with older versions (but the bug is obviously not fixed with that version).

2.8.1 "Out with the new, in with the old and tested" -release
- Revert "dbus-launch fix" in 2.7.4/2.8 as this is a suboptimal solution to the problem see "Known Issues". I'll revisit the original issue once dbus-run-session trickles down from upstream dbus.
- Reorganize package to move KDE3 files to a separate directory (Still hoping to get to that code clean-up part on the KDE4 version)

2.8 Reupload 2.7.4 as 2.8 since this version does not support KDE3 anymore (KDE3 files from version 2.7.3 are still included in the package for those that use KDE3)

2.7.4 Bugfix
- Use dbus-launch when starting applications as root (should fix dbus issues like not being able to open files from file manager that was opened as root) REVERTED in 2.8.1

2.7.3 Bugfix
- Fixed GHNS installation bug in 2.7.2 (forgot to update install script)

2.7.2 Translation release
- Added Swedish translation

2.7.1 GHNS bugfix & translation release
- GHNS: Create servicemenu directory (if it doesn't exist) with the install script
- Added Slovene translation

2.7 (Stable)
- Improve filemanager and texteditor fallbacks if xdg-mime fails to detect default applications
- Changes from 2.6:
1. Compress action (using ark)
2. GHNS installation in KDE4 dolphin
- GHNS installation is still a recent addition, so there may be issues with it, but it should be safe to try (the worst thing that should happen is that the installation fails).
- 2.7 is likely the last version that supports KDE3. I can't test the menu on KDE3 anymore, and dropping KDE3 workarounds would allow me to clean up the code. I'd still include 2.7 for KDE3 but no new features.

2.6.99 (2.7 RC2)
- Try removing version number from the tarball to see if it fixes a few issues with GHNS
- Edit GHNS scripts accordingly

2.6.98 (2.7 RC)
- Fix install/uninstall scripts when using kdesu or xdg-su

2.6.96 (2.7 beta4)
- Fix install/uninstall dialogs in older versions of KDE (pre 4.6)
- Uninstallation dialog made a bit more informative
- Small fixes in the install/uninstall scripts
- Test removing the extract-directory in $KDEHOME/share/apps/servicemenu-download/ when uninstalling, dolphin's servicemenu uninstallation doesn't seem to do that for some reason.
- No changes to the servicemenu itself.

2.6.94 (2.7 beta3)
- EXPERIMENTAL: Added install/uninstall scripts for GHNS in dolphin (for testing only)
- No changes to the servicemenu itself.

2.6.92 (2.7 beta2)
- Bytesize bugfix to fix an issue with kdesu on KDE SC 4.6

2.6.90 (2.7 beta1)
- Added "Compress" menu option, brings up ark compression dialog (as root) to choose filename, format etc.
- Consider compress option a beta feature...all testing feedback welcome.

2.6 "Stable"
- Fixed bug with default application detection on desktop files with kde4-prefix

2.5.92 (2.6_beta2) (hopefully just) temporary bugfix
- removed "--overwrite" option from normal copy and move operations (fix error in older versions of KDE). The "advanced" noninteractive mode still uses the option (So it'll work on KDE SC 4.5 only).

2.5.90 (2.6_beta1) kde-cp and kde-mv
- Use kde-cp and kde-mv (if available) instead of cp and mv (This should prevent accidental overwrites by bringing up KDE's overwrite dialog). If you prefer the old "noninteractive" behavior, change $CPDIALOGS to "false" in the rootactions-servicemenu.pl script (recommended for "advanced" users only)
- Some optimizations on the default application checks (removing redundancies)
- Refreshed requirements. xdg-utils is an optional requirement (default application checks need it, but the menu will work without it)

2.5.0 (Default applications, TESTING)
- KDE4 desktop files should now use your chosen default applications for "File Manager" and "Text Editor" actions.
- As I cannot test the changes in KDE3, KDE3 desktop files still use hardcoded applications (which you can change by editing the desktop files)
- As this also includes some changes in the code, it may contain bugs (please report if you run into any). It should work, but consider this a testing release (there is only so much I can test myself).

2.4.11 Bugfix
- Changed "terminal" icon to "utilities-terminal" in KDE4 desktop files (and krusader xml)...fixes missing icon in "open terminal here" action for KDE SC 4.5
- Also made KDE3 desktop files consistent in using konsole icon

--Full changelog included in the download---

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 Cool Tool

 by Jabadabadoo on: Aug 14 2007
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Tx. I've been looking for this kind of tool. Now I don't have to use the console as much:-) Looking forward to more splendid apps you can think of;-)

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 add two strings

 by felmur on: Sep 29 2007
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Good commodity. Thank you.

I've add this to my personal package builder:

sed -i "s/open_with konqueror %U/open_with konqueror %U --caption \"ROOT FILEMANAGER\"/" Root_Actions_2.0.1/10-rootactionsfolders.desktop

sed -i "s/open_with kate %U/open_with kate %U --caption \"EDITING AS ROOT\"/" Root_Actions_2.0.1/11-rootactionsfiles.desktop

These changes remember me that I've opened an application as root.

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 Re: add two strings

 by kubicle on: Oct 8 2007
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Thanks for the suggestion :)

Personally I use a different color scheme for 'root' apps as a reminder, but I realize that not everyone does, so I'll look into adding a 'root reminder' into the next non-translation release.

I'll probably implement it in the perl-script for the strings to be translatable and effecting all apps started with the menu (not just konqueror and kate)

Something like "Kate in Root Mode", "Konqueror as Root" or "KWrite Opened as Root", I'll give it some thought.

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 Another reason....

 by 5x5 on: Nov 25 2007
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I love Linux so much. I'm relatively new to the whole Linux thing but things like this simple little 'fix' for Konqueror to make it more usable is part of why I'm here to stay. These actions are so handy and help so much with daily tasks! Thank you for sharing them!

vote ron paul. seriously.
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 Mandriva 2008 lang

 by jihemd on: Dec 4 2007
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nice tools, thx.

I can complete the french translation if needed (where can I send the translated files?)

1° In mandriva 2008 pwp, KDEHOME does'nt exist, the kdeglobals can be found at :

2°Unfortunately the french language var in this file is :
so get_kde_language return a wrong value

I have inserted a strait nasty workaround (I am not a Perl programmer but a Pascal one)
$LANG = "fr";
return 0

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 Re: Mandriva 2008 lang

 by kubicle on: Dec 4 2007
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You can email me the translated files, my email addresses can be found in the README file in the download.

Thanks for the bug report, I'll look into the language detection routine to make it more robust.

Could you post (or email) what the console command:
'kreadconfig --group Locale --key Language'
returns in your Mandriva?

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 Re: Re: Mandriva 200

 by jihemd on: Dec 4 2007
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'kreadconfig --group Locale --key Language' returns :


in my french version of Mandriva 2008 pwp

but :
egrep '^Language=' /var/lib/mandriva/kde-profiles/common/share/config/kdeglobals | cut -d ':' -f 1

returns :

it should be : 'fr' ?!

as with :
`egrep '^Language=' /var/lib/mandriva/kde-profiles/common/share/config/kdeglobals | cut -d ':' -f 2`

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 Should be fixed

 by kubicle on: Dec 5 2007
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Should be fixed in 2.1.2, which I'll be uploading shortly.

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 Re: Should be fixed

 by jihemd on: Dec 5 2007
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It fixed ... thx
in mandriva 2008 fr version all seems to work nicely

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 Mandriva 2008.0 i686

 by mapi on: Dec 15 2007
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Mandriva 2008.0 i686 rpm here:


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 by xiongchiamiov on: Apr 29 2008
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I recently switched from konq to dolphin (KDE 3.5.9), and I found myself lacking this script. I installed the dolphin .desktop's and the perl script, and it works, just rather interestingly.

First, I used to use the right-click open space -> open root terminal here all the time, but I don't have any options unless I'm right-clicking on a file.
Second, there's one root actions menu for "open as text", and one for the rest.
Third, both of those are submenus under actions.

I'm not sure if this is just the way you coded the dolphin version, or if it's a bug, but I wish I had all the nifty options I had in konqueror from this.

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 Re: dolphin

 by kubicle on: Apr 30 2008
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Thanks for your feedback.

Unfortunately these issues seem to be with upstream dolphin.
1. The empty space seems 'dead' when it comes to service menus, the menus only show if clicked on file or folder, there's not much I can do about that.
2. Dolphin doesn't merge menus with the same name (like konqueror does), so it shows two menus instead of one (which two depends on whether you clicked a file or folder).

(This can probably be worked around by creating only two .desktop files, one for files and one for folders...and adding the menu items that are common to both types in each .desktop file...I'll look into it in the next release)

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 Re: Re: dolphin

 by xiongchiamiov on: May 1 2008
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I figured it was probably something with how dolphin works; I just thought I'd bring it to your attention. Thanks for working on this; it's really very useful!

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