update-manager fails to update packages, no .Xauthority file

Bug #230219 reported by MathFox on 2008-05-14
This bug affects 1 person
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
gksu (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

On Ubuntu 8.04; update manager (version 1:0.87.24) is started on a server from a ssh session; DISPLAY redirected to workstation using xhost based authentication.

There are three packages ready and selected for upgrade. Selecting "install updates" brings up an error box after a few seconds:

Failed to run /usr/sbin/synaptic '--hide-main-window' '--non-interactive' '--parent-window-id' '48234499' '-o' 'Synaptic::closeZvt=true' '--progress-str' 'Please wait, this can take some time.' '--finish-str' 'Update is complete' '--set-selections-file' '/tmp/tmpDTtiz3' as user root.

Unable to copy the user's Xauthorization file.

Error message in the terminal:
Error copying '/home/peter/.Xauthority' to '/tmp/libgksu-rrvGQ9': No such file or directory

As the .Xautority file is not needed in a scenario using host based authentication, a missing file should abort the upgrade.

Changed in gksu (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Low
Kiri (kiri) wrote :

This is also preventing my apport-gtk from reporting crashes.
In my use case, there is no SSh or remote log ins involved.

Are you still affected by this bug? What supported Ubuntu version is affected?

Changed in gksu (Ubuntu):
status: New → Incomplete
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

[Expired for gksu (Ubuntu) because there has been no activity for 60 days.]

Changed in gksu (Ubuntu):
status: Incomplete → Expired
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