[blfs-support] Network Manager configuration

DJ Lucas dj at linuxfromscratch.org
Sun Jul 8 10:44:04 PDT 2012

On 07/08/2012 10:36 AM, DJ Lucas wrote:
> On 07/08/2012 08:37 AM, DJ Lucas wrote:
>> On 07/08/2012 02:37 AM, Armin K. wrote:
>>> On 07/08/2012 04:53 AM, DJ Lucas wrote:
>>>> Anybody have an idea of how to allow a regular user (as a member of a
>>>> dedicated group) to modify a wired connection's configuration? With the
>>>> config file I've added to the BLFS Wiki (well, similar to that one, I've
>>>> divided it up as I had suggested),
>>>> http://wiki.linuxfromscratch.org/blfs/wiki/NetworkManager I'm able to
>>>> enable and disable the connections, but I cannot edit settings using the
>>>> gnome nm applet on wired connections. I'm sure I'm missing something
>>>> simple, but can't for the life of me find it. I've tried various changes
>>>> to policies with no change. Also, clicking network settings from the
>>>> tray does nothing...I have to open nm-connection-manager manually.
>>>> -- DJ Lucas
>>> Does it work? It looks to me like something I found in Debian not so
>>> long ago, but I've noticed that network manager will work without that.
>>> However, you need to make sure about two things: polkit-gnome MUST be
>>> running. Probably the reason why you can't edit connections, because it
>>> would require polkit authentification agent to be running. Another main
>>> reason is that your session needs to be registered with consolekit and
>>> also marked as active (I suggest using Linux PAM there, since I don't
>>> know any other way).
>>> $ ck-list-sessions
>>> Session2:
>>> 	unix-user = '1000'
>>> 	realname = 'Armin K'
>>> 	seat = 'Seat1'
>>> 	session-type = ''
>>> 	active = TRUE
>>> 	x11-display = ':0'
>>> 	x11-display-device = '/dev/tty7'
>>> 	display-device = ''
>>> 	remote-host-name = ''
>>> 	is-local = TRUE
>>> 	on-since = '2012-07-08T06:55:14.236487Z'
>>> 	login-session-id = '2'
>>> My session is started via GDM, so x11-display-device is /dev/tty7. You
>>> might get different output there, but you need to make sure that active
>>> = TRUE and is-local = TRUE is really present, or you will be unable to
>>> do any "administrative" stuff.
>> There it is. I'm not using gdm so the x attributes aren't set. active =
>> FALSE. Gnome only needs to be started by gnome-session in .xinitrc,
>> thanks to the PAM configuration you added (dbus-lauch
>> --exit-with-session is no longer required), however, I do not see
>> polkit-gnome-authentication-agent-1 in ps output. That'll give me
>> something to work from, however.
> Argh! You have this covered in the book already, I just didn't catch it
> when updating my gnome scripts to latest. I didn't get the autostart
> file installed.

BTW, still not fixed. I'm unable to get an active ck session. Been 
staring at this all day and just now realized that the login-session-id 
was not set. Just rebuilt kernel with CONFIG_AUDITSYSCALL=y (I have no 
idea why I would have even messed with auditing support. Still not 
fixed, but I suspect it has to do with dbus-launch now. Will report back 
when fixed.

-- DJ

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