[Pkg-xfce-devel] Bug#658284: Bug#658284: xfce4-session: Please review README.Debian

Yves-Alexis Perez corsac at debian.org
Wed Feb 1 21:15:04 UTC 2012

On mer., 2012-02-01 at 19:54 +0000, Brian Potkin wrote:
> Package: xfce4-session
> Version: 4.8.2-3
> Severity: wishlist
> Regarding using startx README.Debian says:
>    This is because Debian now uses PolicyKit/ConsoleKit to manage
>    policies for things like device and power management. If you run
>    Xfce from a compatible display manager (like gdm or lightdm),
>    they'll talk to consolekit so your X session will have the
>    authentication tokens, but if you use startx, it won't.  There's
>    a script shipped by default with ConsoleKit which will do that,
>    in /etc/X11/Xsession.d/90consolekit, but the /etc/X11/Xsession.d/
>    scripts are only executed if you don't use any .xinitrc. See
>    startx (1) for more information.
> The implication is that the required authentication tokens will get to
> Consolekit via the use of 90consolekit. However, ck-list-sessions shows
> 'active = FALSE' and 'is-local = FALSE' when startx is used. As a
> consequence, Policykit does not permit the user to restart, stop,
> suspend or hibernate the machine or mount USB devices. The same thing
> happens if XDM is used to login. 90consolekit appears to do nothing more
> than allow Consolekit to register a session.
> In brief: /etc/polkit-1/localauthority/50-local.d/ seems to the place to
> inform Policykit about local policy, so one solution would be for the
> user to put .pkla files there. An example might be:
>    [udisks]
>    Identity=unix-group:plugdev
>    Action=org.freedesktop.udisks*
>    ResultAny=yes
> to give the ability to view the contents of a USB device.
> I wonder whether you would consider a change to README.Debian is necessary
> and whether something along these lines would be useful and appropriate.
Indeed, it doesn't seem to work anymore, but afaict that looks like a
bug in consolekit.

Michael, does it sounds familiar? It looks like 90consolekit doesn't
work anymore.

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