Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 72127
consolehelper fails silently for nonexistent programs
Last modified: 2007-04-18 12:45:45 EDT
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Description of problem:
When consolehelper is set up to run a program that doesn't actually exist, it
asks for the password (if you're not already root) then exits silently.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Run a program that has consolehelper, etc. set up but which doesn't actually
exist (e.g., up2date-config).
2. If necessary, enter root password.
Actual Results: Silence.
Expected Results: Some kind of error message. IMO silent failure is dangerous
on an OS where "silence is success" is a common paradigm. Even though the
primary bug in this example is that up2date-config should be totally nonexistent
(or should run up2date --config), that bug reveals another bug (consolehelper's
lack of error or other response).
The up2date example described above assumes up2date 2.9.46-1.
Fixing in 1.61 (you should see a somewhat uninformative "Unknown error" error
Fix confirmed with usermode-1.62-1.