Please adjust dependencies so that policykit-1-gnome can be demoted to universe

Bug #1815374 reported by Jeremy Bicha on 2019-02-10
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screen-resolution-extra (Ubuntu)
Alberto Milone

Bug Description

The Ubuntu Desktop Team would like to get policykit-1-gnome demoted to universe since it is no longer used in the default install. (See its package description.)

I believe screen-resolution-extra is the last thing holding that package in main.

gnome-shell provides polkit-1-auth-agent. You can see provides and reverse depends for a virtual package by running
$ apt-cache showpkg polkit-1-auth-agent

In my experience with demoting xterm to universe, it looked to me like Ubuntu's germinate doesn't handle virtual packages and alternate dependencies very well. I ended up having to put gnome-terminal as the first dependency in the list of alternates.

Suggestion 1
Change screen-resolution-extra's dependency to:
gnome-shell | policykit-1-gnome | polkit-1-auth-agent

Suggestion 2
Change nvidia-settings to Suggest instead of Depend on screen-resolution-extra. From the package's description, it sounds like screen-resolution-extra is not useful for a default Ubuntu install? If so, we can demote both screen-resolution-extra and policykit-1-gnome to universe.

Jeremy Bicha (jbicha) on 2019-02-24
description: updated
description: updated
Jeremy Bicha (jbicha) wrote :

Both screen-resolution-extra and update-manager are arch: all packages.

This might be a problem for demoting policykit-1-gnome to universe since gnome-shell isn't available on s390x and there aren't any other alternatives in main. As long as it's arch: all, we can't make the dependency only apply to !s390x.

We might need to just drop the dependency completely. Or we can make those packages arch: any.

Alberto Milone (albertomilone) wrote :

The main reason for depending on polkit is that nvidia-settings needs root privileges to write the xorg.conf, while also storing user preferences (in the user home directory). This why running the whole app as root is not recommended.

While I think, in the future (in a fully Wayland world), we can drop all of this, I am fine with suggestion 1 for now.

Changed in screen-resolution-extra (Ubuntu):
status: New → Triaged
importance: Undecided → Medium
assignee: nobody → Alberto Milone (albertomilone)
Changed in screen-resolution-extra (Ubuntu):
status: Triaged → In Progress
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

This bug was fixed in the package screen-resolution-extra - 0.17.4

screen-resolution-extra (0.17.4) disco; urgency=medium

  * debian/control:
    - Add optional dependency on gnome-shell (LP: #1815374).

 -- Alberto Milone <email address hidden> Wed, 13 Mar 2019 13:16:47 +0100

Changed in screen-resolution-extra (Ubuntu):
status: In Progress → Fix Released
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