root password prompts

Suvayu Ali fatkasuvayu+linux at
Thu May 27 05:44:24 UTC 2010

On Wednesday 26 May 2010 10:41 PM, Suvayu Ali wrote:
> On Wednesday 26 May 2010 05:56 PM, Tom H wrote:
>> On Wed, May 26, 2010 at 6:17 PM, Suvayu
>> Ali<fatkasuvayu+linux at> wrote:
>>> I believe what the OP is asking is the gui utility that remembers the
>>> authentication after a user enters the root password after the prompt by
>>> a gui dialogue.
>> You're right. I was being stupid!
> Happens to all of us from time to time. ;)
>>> As far as I know this facility used to be offered by policykit and the
>>> way to set this was to use polkit-gnome-authorization. But that
>>> particular utility has been unavailable since Fedora 12.
>> AFAIK the polkit gui was removed as of F12 and policies are now set up
>> by creating a pkla file in one of the subdirectories of
>> /var/lib/polkit-1/localauthority.
> I thought the backend has always been the same, even with the polkit gui
> from F11?
> It was a very handy way to set things up and control the level of access
> I want to give to a regular user. After extensive searching I have been
> unable to find any proper justification for the removal.
> The closest I got was a thread on the desktop-list where the polkit
> developers responded to a query by a Fedora contributor with a, "It has
> been removed, not bringing it back again.". On a subsequent post by
> another contributor complaining about the obscurity of the man page
> explaining how to make the changes by hand (fiddling with the pkla
> files), was responded with a "submit a patch for the man page". I gave
> up on this ever since.

The said link, almost exactly as I remembered ... quite sad. :(

> When I have the time I would like to file an RFE on bugzilla about this.


Open source is the future. It sets us free.

More information about the users mailing list