Permission to mount denied by Policy. What Policy?

James Kerr jim at
Sun Aug 23 18:33:08 BST 2009

On Sunday 23 August 2009 rcdawson at wrote:

> I am using Mandriva 2009.1.  I found my self re-installing on a new
> hard drive in order to get my video card to work.  After the
> re-install I reconnected the old drive (keeping the new drive in
> place) and rebooted.  My plan was to copy my old home directory. 
> After reboot I found the old hard drive had been mounted as two
> "volumes" showing up in Dolphin.  When I tried to open either of
> those volumes I received a message
> org.freedesktop.Hal.Device.PermissionDeniedByPolicy: 
> auth_admin_keep_always
> <--(action,result).
> How do I get around this Policy?  Would it apply to any hard drive
> I install, or is it responding to the fact that Mandriva and KDE
> are installed on the second disk?
> I suppose this is a matter of curisity more than necessity, at
> least at the moment.  I have copied my home to a USB drive, and
> that mounts OK and is accessible.  For future reference, however,
> this would be useful information.

Policy is that you must be root to mount a partition on an internal 
hard drive.

The solution is to add the partition to /etc/fstab. You can use 
drakdisk (as root) to do this.

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