Public bug reported:

Very simple, I need to be able to run kate via sudo in konsole. Setting
a variable (SUDO_EDITOR...) is not acceptable.

Trying to run I get this:

$ sudo kate heh
Executing Kate as root is not possible. To edit files as root use:
SUDO_EDITOR=kate sudoedit <file>

No. I don't need baby sitting, I'm perfectly fine without kate trying to
hold my hand and tell me what's right and whats wrong.

I can run many different editors via sudo and get the job done, I prefer
using kate. Kate is good and it's great for what I do.

If upstream is unable to comprehend this problem or refuses to fix, can
we please get a non-neutered version for grownups?

$ sudo apt-cache policy kate
kate:
  Installed: 4:17.12.3-0ubuntu1
  Candidate: 4:17.12.3-0ubuntu1
  Version table:
 *** 4:17.12.3-0ubuntu1 500
        500 http://mirror.pnl.gov/ubuntu bionic/universe amd64 Packages
        500 http://repos.forethought.net/ubuntu bionic/universe amd64 Packages
        500 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu bionic/universe amd64 Packages
        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status

$ lsb_release -rd
Description:    Ubuntu Bionic Beaver (development branch)
Release:        18.04

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 18.04
Package: kate 4:17.12.3-0ubuntu1
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 4.15.0-13.14-generic 4.15.10
Uname: Linux 4.15.0-13-generic x86_64
ApportVersion: 2.20.9-0ubuntu4
Architecture: amd64
CurrentDesktop: KDE
Date: Tue Apr 10 17:00:30 2018
InstallationDate: Installed on 2017-07-05 (279 days ago)
InstallationMedia: Kubuntu 17.04 "Zesty Zapus" - Release amd64 (20170412)
SourcePackage: kate
UpgradeStatus: Upgraded to bionic on 2018-04-10 (0 days ago)

** Affects: kate (Ubuntu)
     Importance: Undecided
         Status: New


** Tags: amd64 apport-bug bionic

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