Root privileges in systemsettings

Albert Astals Cid aacid at
Sun Mar 22 15:11:08 GMT 2009

A Diumenge, 22 de març de 2009, Dario Freddi va escriure:
> Hello people,
> As you might know, I'm in the process of making systemsettings+kcmshell
> able to use policykit for getting root privileges and bring back the
> almighty "Administrator button" (or better not, since it will be thrown
> away in any case).
> Though, we have a small problem here regarding multiplatform stuff.
> PolicyKit is strictly for Linux (afaik it doesn't even run on Mac OS), so
> adding bare PolicyKit support would lead to a lot of ifdefs, hence a real
> mess.
> I wrote a mail to kde-windows and kde-mac, but got no replies, so I decided
> to go on with my idea and propose it here.
> What I basically thought about is a library with a Solid-like design for
> managing authorizations. Then we can create various backends for it (one
> using PolicyKit, one using Mac stuff, etc) and abstract the problem by
> making all applications in KDE needing PolicyKit using this new library
> instead.
> A possible take would be reimplementing this in Solid. I know, Solid is
> hardware specific, but since the design is almost the same, a lot of code
> would be duplicated.

I would not go with solid, also i don't think it is that much duplication, 
after all what you need is 'just' a class that loads a different backend 
depending on the system the user is on, right?


> If you think this is a good idea, I can step forward and provide an API
> draft in a while.
> Cheers

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