Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 74865
gpilotd-control-applet doesn't error on o-rw on /dev/ttyS*
Last modified: 2008-05-01 11:38:04 EDT
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Description of problem:
When configuring a palm pilot through the serial port, if the
gpilotd-control-applet is run from an icon, or launched from evolution, there is
nothing to let a user know that the program cannot read-write to the device
/dev/ttyS0 or /dev/ttyS1
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. After an install the permissions on /dev/ttyS0 are crw-rw----
2. launch gpilotd-control-applet from an icon
3. No notice from the GUI lets a user know that the program cannot access device
4. A user is unable to configure the device until they change permissions
Actual Results: No notice from the GUI lets a user know that the program cannot
access device /dev/ttyS0
Expected Results: A pop-up or error box letting the user know that /dev/ttyS0
exists, but the permisssions prevent configuring the device.
chmod o+rw /dev/ttyS0
The error on the command line for incorect permissions is this:
gpilotd-WARNING **: Could not open device Cradle (/dev/ttyS0): reason:
You problem is that you need to add entries for /dev/ttyS to
/etc/security/console.perms, that will give you Access to the serial port that
But as an addition to this bug, my install did not create a /dev/pilot, which is
in console.perms. No big deal, I created it to point to ttyS0 but the problem I
had is that I didn't have permission on /dev/pilot untill I logged out and
logged in again, It's confusing and I'm sure it will confuse a lot of others.
This will need to be fixed upstream rather than as a Red Hat specific change.
Please file a bug requesting this in bugzilla.gnome.org
This isn't something that needs to be added to the dev rpm?
Opened on gnome bugzilla: