Package Manager Denies Permission to Install

Kam Leo kam.leo at
Mon Jan 19 17:52:01 UTC 2009

On Mon, Jan 19, 2009 at 9:27 AM, Richard Hughes <hughsient at> wrote:
> On Mon, 2009-01-19 at 10:03 -0500, R. G. Newbury wrote:
>> Clicking on the link gave the usual 'what do you want to do' message.
>> Clicking install raised a warning about installing as root. I clicked
>> continue....and got a message that I 'didn't have permission to
>> continue' (or words to that effect) and my system, having assumed
>> god-like powers refused to let me install the file!
> Logging in as root is like walking around with a loaded shotgun in your
> belt with no safety latch. You can't install packages as the root user
> as it's simply not secure. Just use a normal user login.
>> WTF??? Does anyone know where this little bit of insanity is stored
>> and how to remove it?
> It's called PackageKit, and it's not insane. If you're running gtk+ as
> root, you're already insecure.
> Richard.

Regardless of the security rant, the default settings for yum should
have enabled the Everything repository. Just use yum  to install the
package. As a bonus yum will also add any dependencies you might have
missed. Add/Remove Software from the GUI should also be able to do the

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