Am Samstag, den 17.10.2009, 21:40 -0400 schrieb Matthias Clasen:
On Sun, 2009-10-18 at 03:14 +0200, Christoph Wickert wrote:
A couple of good questions, even if presented in a somewhat
Sorry about that, it wasn't meant to be aggressive in any way.
Nevertheless I have to admit that I found David's "come up with a patch"
attitude somewhat arrogant. I sure the manpage will not get better if
people who don't understand the concept completely start adding
> So what is the relationship between the .conf files
> in /etc/polkit-1/localauthority.conf.d and the .pkla files
> in /var/lib/polkit-1/? Do they coexist, does one overwrite the other or
> are they generated from the conf files? If so, by what program?
The man page could certainly be clearer on this point. My understanding
is that files in /etc/polkit-1/localauthority.conf.d _can_ overwrite
each other (according to their ordering), but there is no overwriting
between configuration in /etc/polkit-1 and /var/lib/polkit-1.
The first is clear, the latter IMHO not.
The files in /etc/polkit-1/localauthority.conf.d can only configure
single aspect: which identities count as 'administrator'. This is done
with the key 'AdminIdentities'.
Thanks for the clarification, I think this should be in the manapge
The .pkla files in the various /var/lib/polkit-1/localauthority/
subdirectories can override each other (according to the ordering of the
directories). The contain authorization entries that modify the policy
for individual actions. As shown in the example in the man page.
Yes, this is understandable from the current manpage.
> This is the first time .policy files are mentioned. Where are
> what is their purpose?
.policy files live in /usr/share/polkit-1/actions. They are installed by
mechanisms that are using PolicyKit, to define the actions that they
want to be controlled by PolicyKit. See the section 'Declaring Actions'
Maybe a reference to polkit(8) should be added here and not only at the
> We just learned that .pkla files live in /var/lib. So people
> supposed to edit files in /var/lib that get overwritten on the next
If you study the contents of the polkit package, you will find that all
the subdirectories below /var/lib/polkit-1/localauthority are empty. If
you create files there, they will not be overwritten by updates.
I think the man page understandable by itself without looking at the
filesystem or rpm database.
The /var/lib/polkit-1/localauthority/10-vendor.d directory is meant
default policies provided by the vendor, and the polkit-desktop-policy
package installs its .pkla files there. Those will of course be
overwritten by updates. But they are not meant for editing, anyway. If
you need to tweak the policy, create your own .pkla file and put it e.g.
Understood, but this is not really following the fhs. .pkla files are
config files, so shouldn't they be in /etc?