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Chalaut is a drop application and contextual menu utility for launching applications as root user.

This program is "donationware" that requires a demo or registered password to run. To obtain a registered password you simply need to make a donation in the amount of your choice at http://www.limit-point.com/Utilities.html

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Version 1.0.4: Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.


Mac OS X 10.2.8 or later

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Roaming Nomad Member IconReview+177
Roaming Nomad

Very odd I've been using version 1.0.4 for a few weeks now and it's been updated on here today??

Great tool and very handy. works perfectly for me with 10.5.8 so I'm not sure what is wrong for the commenter below.

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Version 1.0.4
stonevil Member IconComment+0

it's doesn't work for me.

MacOS X 10.4.9.
MacMini, MacBook Pro and PowerBook G4.
user account without administration privileges.

test using both CM and APP.

anything in system.log and console.log

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Version 1.0.3
 asmeurer Member IconComment+25

Would it be possible to make this for any user, not just root?

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Version 1.0.2
sjj_public Member IconComment+6

I wish there were a way to retract a review on MU! I have to, unfortunately, retract my previous review. In further experimentation I find that other applications act similarly and/or behave as if they are not launched as root. When I use the program Pseudo to launch the apps as root, I don't see this problem and they are clearly really launched as root. So either Chalaut isn't actually working, or it only partly working. Hopefully the author can fix this!

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Version 1.0.1
Limit Point Software (Developer)

The problem with TextEdit, and your other programs which exhibit the same behavior, does not occur with all programs.

If you launch TextEdit as root from Chalaut and then open Activity Monitor you will see that the program is running as root. I suspect that TextEdit is performing its own check using the current logged in user.

For example, the problem does not occur with Safari.

sjj_public Member IconReview+6

For the most part this works great, and to the previous reviewer - the current version has a contextual menu item. I also like that it can open documents in their associated app, with the app launched as root. Pretty cool. There is one problem I've seen, but it may have more to do with OS X and not to do with anything wrong with this utility. If I launch TextEdit as root, I still can not save a new file in a read-only (root writable) directory. TextEdit says I don't have privileges to do it and refuses to save. I am, however, able to edit read-only files (writable by root) and then save the changes. TextEdit puts up a dialog saying the file is "read-only" but allows you to try to save anyway, and doing so works, so it would seem the app has been launched with root privileges, but TextEdit, at least, gets a bit confused by this state.

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Version 1.0.1
m2atmac Member IconComment+2

nice app, does what it says. however it could work better as a context menu..

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Version 1.0
Limit Point Software (Developer)

A future version of Chalaut will have a contextual menu. Thanks for the feedback!

Limit Point Software (Developer)

The software archive now includes a contextual menu plugin which can also be used to launch apps as root.

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Downloads 7,548
Version Downloads 4,273
Type Utilities / System
License Shareware
Date 22 Apr 2010
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
Price Free
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