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Re: new thing to make people turn crazy

Fran├žois Patte wrote, On 03/17/2009 04:08 PM:


I plugged an usb drive on my computer and, instead of being mounted as
usual, a popup window opened claiming that some application was trying
to mount a device and... I had to enter the root password!!!

What's this mess?

The story is not finished: I discovered a config tool for this in
System>Prefs>system>permission which run the polkit-gnome-authorization.

*As a simple user*, not root, I found a line:

"mount file systems from removable drive" for which the permission is
set, by default, to: "No" for everybody.

*as simple user* (again), I changed this permission to yes for everybody!!!!

I am wondering what is the meaning of this: either it is something that
everybody can do and no tool is needed, or it is important that only
root can modify some system wide config and, in that case this tool is a

You might also enjoy following this thread:
and these bugs:

which discuss some interesting things about PolicyKit and DeviceKit.

Hopefully the reason you could change the "mount file systems from removable drive" permissions was because you first entered the root password for the first popup, if however it was not then please open a bug describing that problem. it would be new but related to 450304.

Todd Denniston
Crane Division, Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC Crane)
Harnessing the Power of Technology for the Warfighter

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