Permission to mount denied by Policy. What Policy?

Anne Wilson cannewilson at
Sun Aug 23 18:53:04 BST 2009

On Sunday 23 August 2009 18:41:23 Billie Erin Walsh wrote:
> 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.

Read again what Jim said.  Of course you don't have to be root to access your 
drives, but you do have to be root to mount them.  If you put the entry into 
fstab root will have already mounted them for you by the time you get your 
desktop.  Presumably that's what you are seeing in kubuntu.

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