Re: root password prompts

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On Wednesday 26 May 2010 05:56 PM, Tom H wrote:
> On Wed, May 26, 2010 at 6:17 PM, Suvayu Ali<[email protected]>  wrote:
>> I believe what the OP is asking is the gui utility that remembers the
>> authentication after a user enters the root password after the prompt by
>> a gui dialogue.
> You're right. I was being stupid!

Happens to all of us from time to time. ;)

>> As far as I know this facility used to be offered by policykit and the
>> way to set this was to use polkit-gnome-authorization. But that
>> particular utility has been unavailable since Fedora 12.
> AFAIK the polkit gui was removed as of F12 and policies are now set up
> by creating a pkla file in one of the subdirectories of
> /var/lib/polkit-1/localauthority.

I thought the backend has always been the same, even with the polkit gui 
from F11?

It was a very handy way to set things up and control the level of access 
I want to give to a regular user. After extensive searching I have been 
unable to find any proper justification for the removal.

The closest I got was a thread on the desktop-list where the polkit 
developers responded to a query by a Fedora contributor with a, "It has 
been removed, not bringing it back again.". On a subsequent post by 
another contributor complaining about the obscurity of the man page 
explaining how to make the changes by hand (fiddling with the pkla 
files), was responded with a "submit a patch for the man page". I gave 
up on this ever since.

When I have the time I would like to file an RFE on bugzilla about this.


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