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    Help needed for a newbie


    I am an absolute newbee on Linux

    I have no programming or computer background, so here goes my problem, i have installed Linux Mandriva on my computer as a stand alone Operating system.

    the system has now got two partitions (I think) now whenever I try to access via dolphin(volume ext3) I cant and an error message is displayed "an error occured while accessing the volume. the system responded org.freedesktop.HAL.device.Permission denied by policy:org.freedesktop.HAL.storage.mount-fixed auth_admin_keep_always <--(action,result)

    Please help it would be really appreciative

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    Well, that shouldn't normally happen. Can you tell us a little more about how you installed? Did you use the default options to partition during the install?

    Can you post the contents of the file /etc/fstab and the output of
    Code:
    /sbin/fdisk -l
    This may work around the problem.

    Open the file /etc/PolicyKit/PolicyKit.conf
    Code:
    kdesu kwrite /etc/PolicyKit/PolicyKit.conf
    and add the following to the section in between <config> and </config>
    Code:
    <match user="USER">
    <match action="org.freedesktop.hal.storage.*">
    <return result="yes"/>
    </match>
    </match>
    Replace USER with your username.
    Last edited by reed9; 10-14-2009 at 06:54 PM.

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    I found a little more about this problem.

    Here is an explanation of what's going on.
    AdamW on Linux and more Blog Archive PolicyKit (and KDE), Navit and more

    Here is how to use the graphical tools to fix the issue.
    auth_admin_keep_always error at Harsh J

    In the screenshot, the second one up from the bottom is the selection you want.

    Same fix as I posted, but using graphical tools.

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    thank you all for your help will check and let you know as Im at work right now

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    Hi,

    From where can I download the policy kit KDE?

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    Quote Originally Posted by reed9 View Post
    Well, that shouldn't normally happen. Can you tell us a little more about how you installed? Did you use the default options to partition during the install?

    Can you post the contents of the file /etc/fstab and the output of
    Code:
    /sbin/fdisk -l
    This may work around the problem.

    Open the file /etc/PolicyKit/PolicyKit.conf
    Code:
    kdesu kwrite /etc/PolicyKit/PolicyKit.conf
    and add the following to the section in between <config> and </config>
    Code:
    <match user="USER">
    <match action="org.freedesktop.hal.storage.*">
    <return result="yes"/>
    </match>
    </match>
    Replace USER with your username.
    Im so sorry to keep pestering you - but how do i access the above? Im sorry I told you i have no idea of computing

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    The commands I gave above are meant to be typed into a terminal shell. In KDE, it's called Konsole, and should be under the System menu I believe.

    All you need to do is copy and paste the commands into konsole, and when you open kwrite, copy and paste the content I suggested you add to the file.

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    Hi,

    these are the contents of "/sbin/fdisk -l"

    Disk /dev/sda: 160.0 GB, 160041885696 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 19457 cylinders
    Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0xf19ff19f

    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/sda1 * 1 1568 12594928+ 83 Linux
    /dev/sda2 1569 19457 143693392+ 5 Extended
    /dev/sda5 1569 2077 4088511 82 Linux swap / Solaris
    /dev/sda6 2078 19457 139604818+ 83 Linux

    now I ran kdesu kwrite /etc/PolicyKit/PolicyKit.conf

    but when I try to save the following error message appears :

    THE DOCUMENT CANNOT BE SAVED AS IT WAS NOT POSSIBLE TO TO WRITE TO ETC/POLICYKIT/POLICYKIT.CONF

    CHECK THAT YOU HAVE WRITE ACCESS TO THIS FILE OR THAT ENOUGH DISK SPACE IS AVAILABLE

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    The error would indicate that you did not open the file with root privileges. kdesu is the program that should allow it to open as root. Were you prompted for a password when it opened?

    You can try it from a text based editor as so
    Code:
    su -
    nano /etc/PolicyKit/PolicyKit.conf

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