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LAMPP Desktop Shortcut for Linux

It was a long time since the last working in Fedora Linux. Today, I get back to work with it. So I decided to install LAMPP to quickly depart again. You can found it here: https://www.apachefriends.org/download.html.

But, it’s weird if every time I need to start the LAMPP Manager, I need to open the terminal and type the command sudo /opt/lampp/manager-linux-x64.run like that.

After a while, I’ve successfully created a desktop icon to quickly start this manager. The main problems when creating this icon is:

  1. LAMPP Manager only works with root privilege.
  2. Program run with sudo command can not connect to XHost display.

Thanks to my best friend, Google Search, after 15 minutes of Googling, I found a way to solve those problems: the xhost command and the pkexec command. The problem can be solved in 03 steps:

  1. Allow root account to connect to xhost display:
    xhost si:localuser:root
  2. Use pkexec command to run manager with root privilege:
    pkexec env DISPLAY=$DISPLAY XAUTHORITY=$XAUTHORITY /opt/lampp/manager-linux-x64.run
  3. Reverse XHost config, disallow root account to connect to XHost display:
    xhost -si:localuser:root

You can create new .desktop file in your user folder at path ~/.local/share/applications/lampp.desktop with this content:

[Desktop Entry]
Type=Application
Name=LAMPP Manager
Icon=/opt/lampp/htdocs/dashboard/images/xampp-logo.svg
Exec=bash -c "xhost si:localuser:root; pkexec env DISPLAY=$DISPLAY XAUTHORITY=$XAUTHORITY /opt/lampp/manager-linux-x64.run; xhost -si:localuser:root;"
Comment=LAMPP Manager
Categories=Development;
Terminal=false

Or open the terminal and paste the command below:

tee ~/.local/share/applications/lampp.desktop << EOF
[Desktop Entry]
Type=Application
Name=LAMPP Manager
Icon=/opt/lampp/htdocs/dashboard/images/xampp-logo.svg
Exec=bash -c "xhost si:localuser:root; pkexec env DISPLAY=\$DISPLAY XAUTHORITY=\$XAUTHORITY /opt/lampp/manager-linux-x64.run; xhost -si:localuser:root;"
Comment=LAMPP Manager
Categories=Development;
Terminal=false
EOF

And this is the result:

Okay, that’s all for this post. Thank you for reading and hope you can enjoy this tip.

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