Re: Odd Gnome behavior
On Tue, 2006-12-05 at 23:14 +0100, Sven Arvidsson wrote:
> On Tue, 2006-12-05 at 13:41 -0800, Freddy Freeloader wrote:
> > If I run any of the tools found in the Desktop -> Administration menu,
> > explicitly from that menu, Gnome asks me for the root password. I enter
> > the root password and it tells me I entered an invalid password.
> > However, if I run any of those same admin tools from the Applications ->
> > Debian -> Apps -> System menu Gnome accepts the root password and they
> > run just fine.
> > Does anyone know what is going on with this? I do the vast majority of
> > my work from the bash prompt, but on occasion I will want to just look
> > at a setting and will choose to do that from the gui tools. Although
> > this problem is easily worked around I'm stumped as to why this is
> > happening.
> > BTW, this behavior started when I changed the behavior of sudo from the
> > Debian default of not requiring a password to requiring one. I've since
> > reversed that to see if that is responsible for the change in behavior
> > in the gui, but it has made no difference whatsoever.
> > Any clues as to where to look would be appreciated.
> g-s-t, when launched from the gnome menu, uses gksu for authorisation,
> when launched from the debian menu, it uses something built in, i think.
> gksu can be configured via gconf-editor.
Thanks for answering, but I'd already tried this. The settings on my
desktop, where the problem exists, are no different than the settings on
laptop, where everything works normally.
I also realize that I haven't explained the problem in great enough
detail. What happens is if it's the first time I try during a session to
use one of the admin tools it will first ask for the password to the
keyring. After I give it the screen will clear for a fraction of a
second, and the app will show up behind a second request for root's
password. That request for a password is always returned as an invalid
password. I have tried the keyring password, my password, and root's
password. All are denied.
If I configure gsku to use sudo-mode I will be asked for root's password
twice, and the second time it asks for it the password will be