Run app as Root?

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  1. jage

    jage Member

    Just noob sort of questions, rooted with BACKside using cyanogen mod.

    How do I tell if an app is using root?
    Is it possible for an app to have some root-necessary features but not ask for access?
    If so how (where) do I say "run this as root"

    I don't have a lot of root-only apps, but nothing has asked for root access lately. Is there a way to check if I set something like "everybody gets root!"?

    Is there a root guide that isn't about doing the rooting (e.g. the all things root) but using a rooted phone once it's done?

  2. ninadchaudhari

    ninadchaudhari What's up !

    Root is though similar to giving Admin privileges, but its the Linux way ( way better :p than Windows )

    If you have rooted successfully ,
    The apps which need root to run will ask themselves :)

    Every app already has Root is not a question that matters ;)
    If a developer wants his app to run as root,
    the Super user App will ask ur permissions automatically :)

    Cheers :)
  3. JerryScript

    JerryScript Well-Known Member

    You can open SuperUser in your app drawer to see which apps have been granted superuser status. ;)
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  4. jage

    jage Member

    So I have an app, ShootMe 0.8.1 that I installed with the apk. Everything I read says root is necessary for the screengrab (or videograb) to work. Specifically for this application and others, rooted phone required. So the application requires root access right?

    It should ask for root permission, right?

    It should then be in the SuperUser app, right?

    None of these things- it does work partially without requesting root access (just not the video part). It does say it might work without root, but my phone is rooted so I don't understand why it's not asking for root user.

    Unfortunately the developer pulled the app, so I doubt he's supporting it. My other thread here:

    not trying to duplicate threads, but only address the "run-as-root" issue here.
  5. RoujinKarma

    RoujinKarma Well-Known Member

    Also, be very careful when you run an app as root. In the linux/unix world, letting any app run as root lets the app do w/e it wants. Letting any app run as root is handing your phone to the app, so think before you allow it!
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  6. JerryScript

    JerryScript Well-Known Member

    If the app's code calls su, then SuperUser will automatically check it's whitelist. If the app is already listed, it proceeds. If it isn't listed, it asks if you want to grant it permissions, and the checkbox allows it to be added to the whitelist.

    If the app in question never runs the portion of the code that uses su, then you'll never see SuperUser popup. Some apps request root right away, others only when necessary (the better way IMHO). ;)
  7. MacFett

    MacFett Well-Known Member

    On some mobiles, IIRC the Optimus V did not. I think I had Shoot Me installed prior to rooting.

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