Bug 546385 - system-config-printer-kde is not asking for root password when performing an administrative work.
system-config-printer-kde is not asking for root password when performing an ...
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: kdeadmin (Show other bugs)
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Reported: 2009-12-10 14:07 EST by Fabian
Modified: 2011-03-09 14:55 EST (History)
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Description Fabian 2009-12-10 14:07:19 EST
User-Agent:       Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux x86_64; en-US; rv: Gecko/20091105 Fedora/3.5.5-1.fc12 Firefox/3.5.5

When you are trying to set up a printer you get an error Message in a window that a cups operation could not be performed due to missing root permissions. 

Reproducible: Always

Steps to Reproduce:
1. go into the menu and go for System Settings->Printer Setup
2. try to add or remove a printer or set up a network printer
Actual Results:  
An error message occures

Expected Results:  
It should open a window so you can enter the password (as it is in many other applications)

kdesu kcmshell4 system-config-printer-kde is a workaround but its realy complicated.
Comment 1 Rex Dieter 2009-12-10 14:08:20 EST
Looks like an easyfix, we can patch in
Comment 2 Kevin Kofler 2009-12-10 18:24:02 EST
It's not that easy. system-config-printer-kde also does per-user configuration which doesn't require root permission. Plus, it's supposed to use PolicyKit like the GTK+ system-config-printer does, not just run the whole app as root.
Comment 3 collura 2010-06-20 13:34:57 EDT
this is still here as of fc13_kde making it a nice wifi-less printer-less eyecandy generator
Comment 4 Rex Dieter 2010-06-21 08:07:31 EDT
snarky-ness aside, you're not helpless.  you still have classic nm-applet,
and systemc-config-printer to fall-back to.
Comment 5 collura 2010-06-21 11:35:09 EDT
*completely off topic Rant*

fair enough.  sorry. 

the free design and tech support is very much appreciated.
comment was given tongue in cheek, lol. :')

the introductory_level people i show linux too seem to respond better to kde than gnome.  my goal was to proof the kde system for those users so i could encourage they use it.  that means i need stuff to work cleanly and without effort. 

otherwise its not going to be adopted and i will be stuck either nit pickingly supporting it and/or have them rightly complain about the random errors/inabilities and find them defecting right back to m$_windows because of a bad user experience.

i am still trying to understand why this kind of stuff makes it past beta.

at this point i guess its because: 

    0) we need more investment in standards programs like linux standards base

    1) or until enough endusers adopt linux there wont be the sufficient driver support of the hardware community by default

we are at the next rung.  we have the industrial and the techy users because of reliability and flexibility and rapidity of designer response but in order to get the generalized users we need codecs a little more failsafe-ness and automatic-ness.

*end off topic Rant*
Comment 6 collura 2010-10-07 11:54:19 EDT
still here in fedora14-kde-beta 
(fc14-gnome-beta worked fine by popping up a password window
Comment 7 collura 2010-10-19 03:12:42 EDT
for what its worth this did not fix the problem in fc14-kde-beta :

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Comment 9 Bill McGonigle 2010-11-25 21:09:09 EST
Fedora 14, problem still remains.  Unable to add a new printer, generic install:

There was an error during the CUPS operation: 'client-error-forbidden'.

localhost - flowerpt [25/Nov/2010:20:53:29 -0500] "POST /admin/ HTTP/1.1" 403 9613 CUPS-Add-Modify-Printer successful-ok

E [25/Nov/2010:20:53:29 -0500] Returning HTTP Forbidden for CUPS-Add-Modify-Printer (ipp://localhost/printers/brother-home) from localhost

'kdesu kcmshell4 system-config-printer-kde' does work, as a workaround (thanks, Fabian).

Also, the list of printer types is empty under standard user, only shows as root.

I understand the desire to do this right rather than force it to run as root.  We should either accept running as root as a poor option that works, or just pull the configurator until it can be rewritten - tricking the user is the most unkind of the available options.
Comment 10 Bug Zapper 2010-12-03 20:50:42 EST
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Comment 11 collura 2011-03-09 14:55:43 EST
currently the password error seems to be fixed.

regarding comment#9, this still happens and i filed 'client-error-forbidden' error as bug#683589 today when i was checking the status of the password error.
forgot it was mentioned here but didnt find any existing report for it.

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