I am using Debian Linux and I am setting some shortcuts on it. So in keyboard window I went to shortcut, added gnome-terminal, and set Ctrl + t as the keys.

But in Debian we also have "Root Terminal" so we can open a terminal session as root. I want to set a shortcut for this. What command I should allocate to it?

  • Just use sudo...
    – jasonwryan
    Commented Jul 10, 2014 at 7:34
  • I don't want define sudo user...thank you
    – MLSC
    Commented Jul 10, 2014 at 7:39
  • You're doing it wrong. Just type su in any terminal.
    – qawerharh
    Commented Jul 10, 2014 at 14:05
  • I know the usage of su. I think you couldn't understand me.... I wanted a shortcut for opening gksu commadn so that when I do Ctrl+Shift+t it also opens a root terminal again for me..See my answer that works and please test it to see what is happening..thank you for response
    – MLSC
    Commented Jul 10, 2014 at 19:17

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Go to Keyboard window and in the Custom Shortcut part the command is:

gksu gnome-terminal

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Your question has way too much unnecessary information, but I'll answer anyway.

Your best option is to open the menu in your menu editor(depends on what desktop enviroment you're using as to how you do it), when in the menu editor just mark the "Root Terminal" entry and figure out which command is used and then set that to your keyboard combo.

  • I didn't want to do that..I wanted to set shortcut for doing that. Please see the answer I found
    – MLSC
    Commented Jul 10, 2014 at 7:31

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