Permission to mount denied by Policy. What Policy?

Billie Erin Walsh bilwalsh at
Sun Aug 23 18:41:23 BST 2009

James Kerr wrote:
> 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.
> Jim

I have used Kubuntu since 7.04/KDE3.x. All my internal drives are 
available with no problems, and I don't have to be "root" to access 
them. I can move and swap files around as I please even to the Windows 
XP drive.

Treat all stressful situations like a dog does.
If you can't eat it or play with it, 
just pee on it and walk away

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