Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 61842
No root password dialog when executing programs as a normal user
Last modified: 2007-04-18 12:41:09 EDT
Description of Problem:
When logging in as a 'normal' user (i.e. NOT root), the applications which are
only executable by root (for example, printer configuration) are still visible
within the menus but not actually accessible. In 7.2 (Enigma), if a normal user
tried to access these programs, a dialog box would pop-up, prompting for roots
password. This does not happen in skipjack-beta1. For a brief moment, a dialog
box flashes on the screen but then disappears (on my system I get to see the
outline of a box before its gone). As a consequence, I end up examining the
icons properties to determine which executable was being accessed, then I bring
up a terminal window, SU to root and execute the file directly.
I have had this happen on two successive fresh installations.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Happens all the time.
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Try to execute an application requiring root privilage as a normal user.
A dialog box (of unknown content) flashes for a moment on the screen. The
intended application fails to launch.
A prompt for roots password followed by the launch of the application is successful.
AMD Duron 1.0 Ghz, 256MB RAM, Nvidia2 Generic card, no other OS on this machine.
Presumably a usermode problem, but very important to fix
*** Bug 61909 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
This is probably the "usermode-gtk doesn't depend on pygtk2 or pygtk2-libglade"
bug ... also some people have reported not getting usermode-gtk installed at
In Skipjack, usermode-gtk wasn't listed in the right parts of the comps file,
and wasn't being installed. This is fixed in the development tree (all
installations with X, save for the "Classic X" package set, include usermode-gtk
now). Marking as fixed in Raw Hide due to a lack of a "fixed in development