[kde-linux] Help needed: KAuth and SystemSettings. (2)

James Tyrer jrtyrer at earthlink.net
Mon Mar 29 22:35:49 UTC 2010

On 03/29/10 08:26, Dale wrote:
> Anne Wilson wrote:
>> On Sunday 28 March 2010 22:50:10 James Tyrer wrote:
>>> On 03/28/10 10:40, Anne Wilson wrote:
>>>> On Sunday 28 March 2010 16:57:08 James Tyrer wrote:
>>>>> Having ferreted out some additional information, I have made
>>>>> some progress.  I still need a bit of help from people that
>>>>> installed from binaries to determine if things are bugs or
>>>>> configuration issues.
>>>>> Note to AW, please do not just say that it works.  That does
>>>>> not help -- I need very specific information.
>>>> I gave you the specific information that it works for me when I
>>>> run systemsettings as root.
>>> But, that isn't what I wanted to know, was it?  I want to know
>>> how, or if, it works when you run System Settings as a user
>>> account.
>> In the same message I told you that it requires root priveleges, so
>> does not allow users to change it.
>>>> Are you saying that it is still greyed out if you run
>>>> systemsettings as root?
>>> It wasn't really what I am saying (I was concerned about it
>>> working for a user account using authentication), but yes, it
>>> stays grayed out if I am running as root too.  This is only when
>>> trying to set only the timezone.  It works if I change the date
>>> or time (which I don't normally do since I have NTP running).
>> Then there seems to be something strange about your system.  I did
>> not need to jump through any hoops when I tested it, apart from
>> starting systemsettings as root.
>> Anne
> Anne is correct, you have to be root to adjust the clock settings.

Please note that I am talking about KDE-4.4.1.

> You may be able to change time zones for your own desktop but you
> can't change the time unless you are root.  Every Linux distro I have
> used is this way for security reasons.

Well then I guess my system is different.  There is no need to start
System Settings as root.  You just open it and go to Date & Time. In the
upper left it should say under: :Date and time settings":

	You will be asked to authenticate before saving

Change the date or time and click the: "Apply" button.  A dialog window 
titled: "Authenticate" should appear.  Enter the root password in the 
window to the right of: "Password for root", and click the: 
"Authenticate" button.

This works, but it is NOT stable.  If it fails it becomes screwed up and 
you must close System Settings and open it again to resume to a stable 
(legal) state.

You can also change the timezone the same way, but the: "Apply" button 
does not activate properly.  The best workaround is to change the change 
the date and change it back (without saving it), then when you go to 
the: "Time Zone" tab, the: "Apply" button will be active and you can 
save it.

James Tyrer

Linux (mostly) From Scratch

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