Someone could answer me how make one prompt via pkexec when I've to use two command with authentication? My easy sample script:

pkexec virsh net-start default;
pkexec "/home/user/program";

I'm new in linux environmen, Thanks :)

  • do you really need to use pkexec, or could you use instead sudo which I know has a window on authentication or can be configured to allow NOPASSWD for certain commands – thrig Feb 4 '18 at 19:38
  • @thrig i tried use sudo without any effect. I changed I changed chown file on root and doesn't. Could you show some example used twice sudo in one script? – Hamlet Feb 4 '18 at 20:41
  • I added to sudo nano /etc/sudoers: %sudo ALL = (root) NOPASSWD: /home/Ham/.config/folder/start.sh Next I ran my .desktop app (it has Exec=/home/Ham/.config/folder/start.sh) and it didn'y working. When I run from my terminal that command /home/Ham/.config/folder/start.sh then it work. I don't understand what I do wrong.. – Hamlet Feb 4 '18 at 21:03
  • what exactly is in start.sh and what exactly needs to be run as root? – thrig Feb 4 '18 at 21:05
  • in start.sh is: 1st command: virsh which allow me set network to guest (for root). 2nd command: run app like gnome-boxes (for root the same as above) Why I need run/open both command via root? I 've to run this command as root bc then I can mount usb device. Simple user can't do that. For example: "sudo virsh net-star =/= virsh net start" <- these are different network space – Hamlet Feb 4 '18 at 21:17

Old answer.: May you take pkexec out of the script? Try create next script where you paste your code (without pkexec) and execute him via pkexec from your script. your script: #!/bin/bash pkexec ./new_script new script: #!/bin/bash your command:

Edit.: New Answer

After your conversation with @Thrig, I guess what you are going to do. You want to run both programs on root permissions without double authentication (only once). These two programs are: "virsh" and "gnome-boxes". My previous (above) solution is ok, but not in this case. You wrote to @Thrig that you are considering using "sudo". Why not use "pkexec" and "sudo" together. With the proper completion of "/ etc / sudoers" you will not need to authenticate when you use the "sudo" command in the script. I let myself improve your idea. I hope you like it. I will describe everything step by step.

1. Create three scripts:

a) main.sh - set up the connection, destroy the connection, run gnome-boxes. everything as root

b) net.sh - execute the order

c) die.sh - execute the order


sudo /home/ham/..your..path../net.sh && pkexec /usr/bin/gnome-boxes;
sudo /home/ham/..your..path../die.sh;

why that? description of operators


virsh net-start default


virsh net-destroy default

2. Edit the "sudoers" file to make the script: b) c) run with root privileges:

$ sudo nano /etc/sudoers

%sudo ALL=(root) NOPASSWD: /home/..your..path../net.sh
%sudo ALL=(root) NOPASSWD: /home/..your..path../die.sh 

3. Change the owner of the scripts b) c) to root:

$ sudo chown 700 /home/ham/..your..path../net.sh
$ sudo chown 700 /home/ham/..your..path../die.sh;

4. Create a rule in polkit for gnome-boxes. The answer: "how to do it?" is here: simple_polkit_rule

5. Edit files:

  • org.gnome.Boxes.service


  • org.gnome.Boxes.desktop


6. Now run the gnome-boxes application by clicking on its shortcut icon. Finished. From myself I added auto turn off connection when you close the gnome-boxes application.

  • Damn it :) Thank you very much for the solution. Everything with details described and Works! Nice idea. You saved my time. – Hamlet Feb 5 '18 at 0:38
  • No problem x) It's good to hear that. – Zic Feb 5 '18 at 1:17
  • I would recommend not allowing these sudo-able scripts to be writable by the user and not putting them in a directory owned by or writable by the user. If your local user account is compromised, it provides an easy pathway to a root compromise if the scripts can be edited/replaced. The scripts should be owned by root, with 755 perms, and in a directory owned by root (e.g. /usr/local/bin, also mode 755). – cas Feb 5 '18 at 3:48
  • @cas Even if I give 700 permission? What is the importance of location when script can be edit by root <- only bc 700? – Hamlet Feb 6 '18 at 15:07
  • 700 would be OK too. location is important because if the user has write access to the directory, they can replace the script. – cas Feb 6 '18 at 23:47

Many have had similar issues with wanting to run GUI with su privileges. More recently I have looked into the lingering open terminal window. After searching this is what worked for me.

  • my usage is invoking GUI with SU from the term and/or a shell script from ~/bin using aliases.

GUI privilege escalation of "su" or "sudo" is not recommended and should never be done with out knowledge of the risks of what your doing.

  • pkexec can be obtained by the following:

    sudo apt install policykit-1

  • Edit the bottom of this file to where it looks likes this:

    sudo nano /usr/share/polkit-1/actions/org.freedesktop.policykit.policy
  • yours should look like this:

    <action id="org.freedesktop.policykit.lockdown">
      <description>Configure lock down for an action</description>
        <message>Authentication is required to configure lock down policy</message>
      <annotate key="org.freedesktop.policykit.exec.path">/usr/bin/pklalockdown</annotate>

  • After that try:

    pkexec gedit 

Adding a custom bin path to terminal: - The Standard is to store users shell programs in




*These are the same location the first is the full path to file the second is short hand for

  • To add your user /bin to your $USER $PATH simply

    mkdir /home/$USER/bin
  • terminal will now recognise your shell scripts or programs located in






ADD this to .bashrc

export PATH=$PATH:$HOME/bin

Where "$HOME/bin" is the directory I assume you want to add. This change is only temporary (it works only in the current session of the shell) to make it permanent add the previous line to your .bashrc file located in your home directory.

  • I prefer this method of privilege escalation for gui apps because i can just pkexec in a shell script to run multiple programs and have the option to save credentials temporarily.

  • you then can try and add an alias to ~/.bash_aliases:

    echo 'alias gedit="pkexec gedit"' >> ~/.bash_aliases 

/PKEXEC /SU /GUI /GKsu /POLKIT /policykit-1

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