No equivalent to polkit-gnome-authorization in policykit-1-gnome

Bug #443265 reported by Martin Gamache on 2009-10-05
This bug affects 25 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
One Hundred Papercuts
Won't Fix
policykit-gnome (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Binary package hint: policykit-1-gnome

I'm not sure this is the right package, I'm just guessing...

When trying to set specific rights for me (I'm a "power user") in System | Administration | Authorizations, I get really fewer options than before. Therefore, I cannot set my user to be able to unmount USB disks, among other things.

Is this normal? I'm starting to have second thoughts about using Karmic. Apparently, you're removing everything a newbie could create problems with, making it really unpleasant to us advanced users...

ProblemType: Bug
Architecture: amd64
Date: Mon Oct 5 12:31:20 2009
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 9.10
NonfreeKernelModules: wl nvidia
Package: libpolkit-gtk-1-0 0.94-1
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 2.6.31-11.38-generic
SourcePackage: policykit-1-gnome
Uname: Linux 2.6.31-11-generic x86_64

Martin Gamache (martin-gamache) wrote :
James Westby (james-w) wrote :


This was a decision made by the policykit developers to move away from the tool
that you are referring to. It was a poor interface, and moved the decisions away from
where they are used.

I suggest you join the <email address hidden> mailing list to discuss the issue
and help shape the plans for how this will all work.



summary: - KARMIC : Authorizations Windows has lost many options
+ No equivalent to polkit-gnome-authorization in policykit-1-gnome
Changed in policykit-1-gnome (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
importance: Undecided → Low
affects: policykit-1-gnome (Ubuntu) → policykit-gnome (Ubuntu)
durilka (durilka) wrote :


looks like i've got related issue. yesterday i've upgraded to karmic beta and there's no authorizations application in system/setting at all. so the problem is when authorisation window pops up, trying to click on link org.freedesktop...(saying click here to change auth settings) does nothing and i cannot change authorisations at all. i don't know if this is the case for fresh authorisations, but for an upgraded system this is quite disturbing especially since i've granted some permissions couple of days ago and now they're revoked and i cannot re-add them.


kriekske (kriekske) wrote :

I've the same problem.
It's a poor interface but it's better to have a poor interface with many options than a poor interface with no options.
Isn't there a way to install an old version or will it give problems with Ubuntu Karmic?

Ernst Sjöstrand (ernstp) wrote :

> This was a decision made by the policykit developers to move away from the tool
> that you are referring to.

What does "move away from" mean? They just removed this and there's no way to change those things now? I'm trying to allow logout when multiple users logged in...

Fabus (fabian-gebert-hh) wrote :

@Ernst: Provided I've got it right, the current auth settings tool referes to the deprecated version of policykit. The new settings cannot be maintained by that tool. In order to regain the functionality, a new tool must be written or the deprecated one must be adjusted in a way that it supports policykit-1

VladimirCZ (vlabla) wrote :

I have the same question:
What does "move away from" mean? They just removed this and there's no way to change those things now? !!!

Philipp Wendler (philw85) wrote :

I second this, there definitely needs to be a way to configure policykit-1 authorizations with a GUI. Better have a poor graphical tool than none.

bviyuviuviul (bviyuviuviul) wrote :

Is there any why to change settings without this GUI ?

Marc Quinton (mquinton) wrote :

this user-interface command is : "gnome-policykit" ; package is "policykit-gnome" ; you can install and run it manually. I don't know exactly for settings. Have a look at policykit with you favorite search engine.

Philipp Wendler (philw85) wrote :

Most of the packages of Ubuntu 9.10 use policykit-1, but policykit-gnome is the user-interface to the settings of the older policykit (without the -1). So it is pretty useless. For policykit-1, no such user-interface exists, because this tool was not ported to policykit-1.

bviyuviuviul (bviyuviuviul) wrote :

But policykit-gnome depends on policykit and not policykit-1. Maybe there is some kind of conflict between them.

wisd0m (wisd0m) wrote :

This is another example of Ubuntu going backwards. I now have to enter a password for each processor in order to scale-back the power to Powersave (using "CPU Frequency Scaling Monitor 2.28.0"). Can this be fixed?

wisd0m (wisd0m) wrote :

and for me: gksudo gedit /usr/share/polkit-1/actions/org.gnome.cpufreqselector.policy

I can't install/find polkit-gnome-authorization.
I tired to type root password to install packages, mount hard-drive partitions etc.

Vish (vish) wrote :

Thank you for bringing this bug to our attention. However, a paper cut should be a small usability issue, in the default Ubuntu install, that affects many people and is quick and easy to fix. So this bug can't be addressed as part of this project.

- This is not a simple change that can be done. A new tool needs to be written to make this possible again. Its a bigger task to be considered a papercut.
For further information about papercuts criteria, please read

Don't worry though, this bug has been marked as "Invalid" only in the papercuts project.

Changed in hundredpapercuts:
status: New → Invalid
Vish (vish) wrote :

This bug is an upstream one and it would be quite helpful if somebody experiencing it could send the bug the to the people writing the software. You can learn more about how to do this for various upstreams at
Once submitted upstream , do report back here with the upstream bug number.
Thanks in advance!

Changed in policykit-gnome (Ubuntu):
status: Confirmed → Incomplete
Edgar Cherkasov (edgar2705) wrote :

I find this bug on Freedesktop bugzilla

Changed in policykit-gnome:
status: Unknown → Confirmed
Omer Akram (om26er) on 2010-02-01
Changed in policykit-gnome (Ubuntu):
status: Incomplete → Triaged

Not having a GUI for managing permissions is a big regression vs older policykit versions.

This sounds like a complaint about PolicyKit-gnome. Use b.g.o for that please.

Changed in policykit-gnome:
importance: Unknown → High
status: Confirmed → Won't Fix
Changed in policykit-gnome:
importance: High → Unknown
Changed in policykit-gnome:
importance: Unknown → High
komputes (komputes) on 2012-03-20
tags: added: css-sponsored-p
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