Torvalds:requiring root password for mundane things is moronic

Scott Doty scott at
Sun Mar 4 01:16:59 UTC 2012

On 03/03/2012 11:07 AM, David Zeuthen wrote:
> Hi,
> ----- Original Message -----
>> On Fri, 2012-03-02 at 08:42 -0600, Greg Swift wrote:
>> This sounds pretty straightforwardly like a bug probably in 
>> PolicyKit, to me. It's obviously more correct to use the current 
>> user's authorization if it's sufficient than just to go with the 
>> first user in the admin group in all cases... So, file a bug against 
>> PolicyKit. 
> (Ugh, no, please don't tell people to file bugs against polkit
> unless you are actually sure it's a polkit problem. In this case
> it's not.)

David, please look at my comments on the ticket you closed.

I've re-opened the ticket with it set to "cups-pk-helper".  I suggest stop this maddening policy of "close ticket quick", and 
actually try to route it to the group that can help.

So when you wrote:

==|  Sure, that's bad and agree I with Torvalds it's inappropriate to 
require administrator authentication etc... but it's not a polkit 
problem since polkit is only a toolkit (and a toolkit can be used 
correctly or incorrectly etc). You should file a bug against the 
mechanism in question - looks like it's this project |==

I'm having a hard time reconciling your words that you agree this is a 
problem, with your actions of shutting the door in my face.



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