[Server-devel] PolicyKit dependency chain for headless machines

Mathieu Bridon (bochecha) bochecha at fedoraproject.org
Sun Oct 25 08:47:26 EDT 2009

On Sun, Oct 25, 2009 at 13:07, Daniel Drake <dsd at laptop.org> wrote:
> 2009/10/23 Martin Langhoff <martin.langhoff at gmail.com>:
>> Working on the OLPC XS rebase to F11 -- I end up with random bits of
>> gnome and kde, brought in by PolicyKit, which wants a
>> PolicyKit-authentication-agent.
>> Yum only seems to know of KDE and Gnome authentication-agents.
>> How does PK handle users logging in in a VT? What is the
>> authentication agent there?
> The authentication agent is used only when a specific application
> requests an operation which the local authority has marked as
> requiring authorization. It is not used when logging in. I don't know
> of any command line applications that make policykit requests, and I
> don't know of any commandline authentication agents.

pkcon is a command line tool to install/update/remove packages with
PackageKit. It uses PolicyKit, and thus might use some authentication

No idea how it does that though.


Mathieu Bridon (bochecha)

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