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Author: Gastón
To: dng
New-Topics: Re: [DNG] why is polkit needed? bring back gksudo
Subject: Re: [DNG] why is polkit needed?
On Thu, Feb 13, 2020 at 03:16:58PM -0800, tom wrote:
> On Thu, 9 Jan 2020 16:50:15 +0000
> Mark Hindley <mark@???> wrote:
> > On Thu, Jan 09, 2020 at 05:44:17PM +0100, Alessandro Vesely via Dng
> > wrote:
> > > Hi,
> > >
> > > is there a recommended GUI package browser for Devuan?
> > >
> > > After migrating, synaptic isn't installed. If I try to install it,
> > > it says it needs policykit-1. Since the latter seems to be akin to
> > > systemd, I reply 'n'.
> >
> > I really don't think that is true. There is no direct relationship
> > between policykit-1 and systemd. And our policykit works with either
> > elogind or consolekit, so you have options.
> >
> > If you want a integrated gui desktop that allows you to do privileged
> > things like install packages, you will need policykit-1 or something
> > similar.
> >
> > Alternatively, use apt or aptitude from the commandline.
> >
> > Mark
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> Sorry, can you explain why exactly polkit is needed here? What is wrong
> with what everyone was doing before polkit which was gksu or gksudo?

gksu is no longer available from Beowulf. Now, apparently, you have to
use: pkexec

I'm in touch with the GNU/EterTics developer and he's having trouble
running d-i from Live Mode on a beta version with Beowulf he's testing.

He used to launch the d-i from Live mode using this command:
`su-tu-root-X-c /usr/sbin/debian-installer-launcher`, but su-tu-root is
no longer available.

When he wants to launch the d-i from Live mode using this command:
`pkexec /usr/sbin/debian-installer-launcher` , the installer does not
start in GUI mode.

Yesterday we tried several alternatives, like this one, but without

We tried running it this way:
/usr/sbin/debian-installer-launcher` , with this it tries to open a
window, but closes immediately.

We couldn't get pkexec to run the d-I in GUI mode from live-version.
Nor is there much documentation about its use available.

Has anyone been through this using pkexec?