Permission to mount denied by Policy. What Policy?

Billie Erin Walsh bilwalsh at
Sun Aug 23 21:32:23 BST 2009

Anne Wilson wrote:
> 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.
> Anne

Maybe Kubuntu does that automatically. I didn't have to add them to fstab.

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