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Re: What is the right way to use consolekit with startx?

On 2011-08-31, Brian <ad44@cityscape.co.uk> wrote:
> On Tue 30 Aug 2011 at 21:48:47 +0000, Liam O'Toole wrote:
>> The simplest solution I have found is to override the default consolekit
>> permissions. In the case of suspend and hibernate, these are specified
>> in the file /usr/share/polkit-1/actions/org.freedesktop.upower.policy.
>> To override, create a new file in
>> /etc/polkit-1/localauthority/50-local.d/, give it a .pkla extension, and
>> add the following content:
>> 	[upower]
>> 	Identity=unix-user:*
>> 	Action=org.freedesktop.upower.*
>> 	ResultAny=yes
>> With that, I have the freedom to suspend and hibernate when using slim
>> and startx. I have been able to remove gdm3, an important step towards
>> removing all things GNOME-y in wheezy :-)
> This appears to be a very elegant solution and far better than
> downgrading consolekit or altering a file in /etc/pam.d. For a start, it
> gives better granuality and flexibility. It also has the the advantage
> of fitting in better with the existing consolekt/policykit setups, For
> example, I changed the second line to 'Identity=unix-group:powerdev' to 
> reflect the usual Debian way of allowing users to access a service.

I think consolekit is intended to be decoupled from traditional user
groups, some of which may be removed in the future. See #568895 for

> Apologies for being a little lazy but is there documentation for the
> stanza you have given above? I'd guess it's something to do with d-bus
> but would not be surprised to be wrong.

The pklocalauthority man page has all the details.

Liam O'Toole
Cork, Ireland

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