Thanks Michael. But should it prompt for authentication even for
restoring to only user locations? That what happened to me in Xenial. I
was restoring folders and files to a user location, which doesn't need
any super privileges for file operations, when that message came up.

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  "Restore" asks for cryptic authentication to run /bin/sh as superuser

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Bug description:
  I am trying to restore a full backup to an external hard drive.
  After 20 minutes or so, a cryptic gui popup arises which says that "some 
process" wants sudo authentication to run /bin/sh

  It is surely a bug to generate such a vague request for sudo use.

  I note it has been this way since 2013
  ( which
  has been unaddressed, so the outcome of denying this request is still
  a great pain), but I am pointing out that this kind of permission
  request is itself a bug, if not a security risk because it teaches
  users to give that kind of permission to an unknown script.

  ProblemType: Bug
  DistroRelease: Ubuntu 16.10
  Package: deja-dup 34.2-0ubuntu3.1
  ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 4.8.0-42.45-generic 4.8.17
  Uname: Linux 4.8.0-42-generic x86_64
  ApportVersion: 2.20.3-0ubuntu8.2
  Architecture: amd64
  CurrentDesktop: Unity
  Date: Sun Mar 19 12:35:43 2017
  EcryptfsInUse: Yes
  InstallationDate: Installed on 2016-02-12 (400 days ago)
  InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 15.10 "Wily Werewolf" - Release amd64 (20151021)
  SourcePackage: deja-dup
  UpgradeStatus: Upgraded to yakkety on 2017-01-21 (56 days ago)

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