[Pkg-xfce-devel] [Pkg-utopia-maintainers] Bug#422349: dbus: Please add support for integrating with libpam-foreground

Simon Huggins huggie at earth.li
Thu Jun 7 14:33:41 UTC 2007

On Sat, May 26, 2007 at 11:46:29AM +0100, Simon Huggins wrote:
> This patch would be really useful for Xfce too.

> The group concept is useful but having this would make it unneccessary
> to add local users to groups just to mount files or shutdown the PC.
> It's a desktop user's enhancement.

> /etc/dbus-1/system.d/hal.conf does still use at_console in addition to
> the group stuff so I'm not sure why you say most of the files in there
> have replaced it with groups.

> Is there any way we can get you to reconsider this?  This small patch
> would mean users in Xfce don't need to add themselves to the plugdev
> group to mount digital cameras, USB sticks etc and don't need to add
> themselves to sudo (xfce's fallback method) in order to shutdown or
> reboot the machine.

Upstream don't like the patch and it looks like for 0.5.10 hal will use
PolicyKit/ConsoleKit which are supposed to be the way forwards for this

The quote from upstream was:

On Wed, May 30, 2007 at 04:00:22PM -0400, John (J5) Palmieri wrote:
> On Wed, 2007-05-30 at 13:02 -0500, Steev Klimaszewski wrote:
> > I believe the plan is to move to PolicyKit/ConsoleKit though not
> > likely to happen any time before 0.5.10.
> PolicyKit and ConsoleKit are indeed the future.  They allow D-Bus to
> ask can I do this without having to deal with policy specific
> implementations such as pam-console and pam-foreground.

I'm not sure when this is going to happen though but perhaps the utopia
people do.

I see there's a ConsoleKit in experimental already.


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