Hal issue with kde 4 ?

Kevin Kofler kevin.kofler at chello.at
Thu Dec 13 00:06:48 UTC 2007

Lex Hider <floss <at> lex.hider.name> writes:
>  > An error occurred while accessing 'Volume (vfat)' the system said:
>  > org.freedesktop.Hal.PermissionDenied: Permission denied: Not in active
>  > session

As Aaron J. Seigo correctly said, that one was ConsoleKit-related. What login 
manager were you using? If it was something other than KDM (with Fedora 
patches) or GDM, it's not even expected to work, as those are still the only 
ones with ConsoleKit integration.

> Note that the error message below now comes up as:
> "An error occurred while accessing 'name_of_media', the system said:
> org.freedesktop.Hal.Device.PermissionDeniedByPolicy:
> org.freedesktop.hal.storage.mount-removable no <--(action,result)

I'm not sure whether this is the same error and HAL uses a different (IMHO less 
useful for debugging) error message or whether it is a different bug. What this 
says is that PolicyKit is denying the permission to mount the medium. This is 
of course broken, but the message doesn't tell us why exactly it's denying 
that. It might be because it isn't detecting an active session (-> ConsoleKit) 
or it might be that the policy just doesn't allow it to anyone. In the first 
case, it's probably a problem with KDM (unless you're using some other login 
manager which doesn't support ConsoleKit at all), in the second, it's the 
PolicyKit policies which are screwed up, so we need to know.

Can you run this please:
and tell us the output? That will tell us if there's a valid session running 
and should help us discerning who's at fault here.

        Kevin Kofler

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