Bug 477125 - gpk-application refuses to run remotely
gpk-application refuses to run remotely
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: PackageKit (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Richard Hughes
Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
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Reported: 2008-12-19 04:24 EST by Ralf Corsepius
Modified: 2009-11-19 00:02 EST (History)
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Last Closed: 2009-11-18 12:55:01 EST
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Description Ralf Corsepius 2008-12-19 04:24:40 EST
Description of problem:

gpk-application can't be run when being logged in from remote.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. On a desktop, running X11, launch a terminal (in my case: gnome-terminal)
2. Inside of terminal: ssh -X account@remotemachine
3. gpk-application

Actual results:
An alert box pops up, reporting:

"Package installer is running when the session is not local
These applications should be run only when on local console.
This normally indicates a bug with ConsoleKit or with the way your session has started."

Expected results:
Being able to run gpk-application from remote. 

It not being able to do so, critically reduces gpk-applications applicability. It effectively reduces PackageKit into single-seat application.
Comment 1 Bill C. Riemers 2009-03-01 03:52:37 EST
This is a particular problem for virtual machines, such as coLinux, where there is no "local" display.  The user is always connected remotely by Xvnc, ssh -X, or some other means.

This bug applies to Fedora 10 as well as RawHide.
Comment 2 enzomedici 2009-03-19 14:03:00 EDT
Is there any workaround for this bug? This severely limits Fedora's usage in remote data centers. I manage remote servers running Fedora via NX Server and I cannot install applications or do other management via the gui using NX Server. These servers are thousands of miles away in various colocation centers. Luckily I only have a few running Fedora 10. 

Is there a workaround?
Comment 3 E Lilley 2009-05-24 12:31:37 EDT
This also applies to whenever a non-GDM login/display manager is used (such as XDM). You could try using yumex as your package manager until this is fixed.
Comment 4 Wendell Nichols 2009-07-01 13:21:07 EDT
I have two issues with this behavior:
-I administer several headless servers.  Whenever I want to administer the repositories  or do anything with the gpk-* apps I have to wheel a cart into the server room to do it!  Hugely wasteful of my time.
-I cannot recommend any linux dist that depends on these admin tools for use in our cloud implementation.  I cannot under any circumstances wheel a cart with a crt and keyboard into the cloud....

please get this changed so I can take redhat linux off my no-go list.
Comment 5 Steven M. Parrish 2009-09-07 21:44:14 EDT
Richard any comments?

Steven M. Parrish - KDE Triage Master
                  - PackageKit Triager
Fedora Bugzappers volunteer triage team
Comment 6 Bug Zapper 2009-11-18 05:31:02 EST
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Comment 7 Ralf Corsepius 2009-11-18 05:40:08 EST
The bug has changed its nature in F12:

> gpk-application 
Gtk-Message: Failed to load module "gnomebreakpad": libgnomebreakpad.so: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory
Comment 8 Wendell Nichols 2009-11-18 10:52:36 EST
this issue probably exists with FC 11.  If so I will open it there (or meybe 12 )
Comment 9 Christopher Beland 2009-11-18 12:55:01 EST
Regarding comment #7, this is a different problem, and the solution is documented in the F12 Release Notes, section 4.1.3 (ABRT): http://docs.fedoraproject.org/release-notes/f12/en-US/html-single/#sect-Release_Notes-Fedora_Desktop

I am able to run gpk-application remotely using two Fedora 11 hosts, so closing.
Comment 10 Ralf Corsepius 2009-11-19 00:02:28 EST
(In reply to comment #9)
> Regarding comment #7, this is a different problem, and the solution is
> documented in the F12 Release Notes, section 4.1.3 (ABRT):
> http://docs.fedoraproject.org/release-notes/f12/en-US/html-single/#sect-Release_Notes-Fedora_Desktop

I do not agree upon this. The situation, I produced this with, was ssh'ing into a freshly installed FC12 machine from an FC11 machine.

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