PolicyKit-authentication-agents in Fedora

Matthias Clasen mclasen at redhat.com
Sun Apr 18 23:54:09 UTC 2010

On Sun, 2010-04-18 at 10:08 +0200, Christoph Wickert wrote:

> > For GNOME, I'll simply move the polkit-gnome-authentication-agent
> > autostart file from polkit-gnome to gnome-session. 
> This means that other desktops can no longer make use of polkit-gnome
> and user or have to provide their own desktop file. This means users can
> no longer choose which agent to start. What's so bad about choice? Xfce
> users might want to choose wheter to use lxpolkit or polkit-gnome.

It doesn't mean any of that. If you want to use
polkit-gnome-authentication agent, simply start it in your session, by
whatever mechanism you prefer. The autostart file is just an
implementation detail. I might just as well make gnome-session just
launch it directly.

> >From a packaging POV the autostart file clearly belongs to the
> application it starts just as a normal desktop file belongs to a
> package.

The authentication agent is not an application. It is part of the
desktop infrastructure.

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