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Old 12-09-2008, 06:35 AM   #1
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Package Kit Error

I've suddenly started receiving this message when trying to get updates:

PackageKit Error
The group could not be queried
Running the transaction failed
"A security policy in place prevents this sender from sending this message to this recipient, see message bus configuration file (rejected message had interface "org.freedesktop.PackageKit.Transaction" member "SearchGroup" error name "(unset)" destination "org.freedesktop.PackageKit")"

Running Fedora 9 on Gnome desktop
Can anyone help, please?
Old 12-09-2008, 11:20 AM   #2
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Norm, this question and many responses to it have been flooding the Fedora forums since Sunday the 8th. I was able to get things looking like they were back to normal when I did what User Cyberjet suggested (I'll quote below), and rebooted. It required only su-ing to root, backing up and changing the configuration file, /etc/dbus-1/system.d/org.freedesktop.PackageKit.conf, but be careful.

Quoteing Cyberjet:
Thanks to all.

I editied my org.freedesktop.Packagekit.conf (see below)and all my packages are restore under System Administration add/remove Software. This worked for me.

<!DOCTYPE busconfig PUBLIC
"-//freedesktop//DTD D-BUS Bus Configuration 1.0//EN"

<!-- This configuration file specifies the required security policies
for the PackageKit to work. -->

<!-- Only user root can own the PackageKit service -->
<policy user="root">
<allow own="org.freedesktop.PackageKit"/>

<!-- Allow anyone to call into the service - we'll reject callers using PolicyKit -->
<policy context="default">
<allow send_interface="org.freedesktop.PackageKit"/>
<allow send_interface="org.freedesktop.PackageKit.Transac tion"/> [ added this line as opposed to editing the above line and adding .Transaction]


See ""

To be honest, I haven't proven to myself that everything is right now, but at least my sources are back and I was able to add/remove software after I rebooted, and I was able to do a bug-fix update immediately afterwards.

Good luck.
Old 12-09-2008, 05:53 PM   #3
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The above worked for me, but watch out if you cut&paste. There is a break in the word .Transaction.

Old 12-09-2008, 05:54 PM   #4
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This seems really distro-specific. Moved to Fedora.
Old 12-09-2008, 07:56 PM   #5
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I just started getting it on my Fedora 9 laptop when using PackageKit. Command-line installs show the same message but still install fine.
Old 12-26-2008, 03:30 AM   #6
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I can use some explanation, please ,about editing the org.freedesktop.packagekit configuration file....
1.where do i go to get to that file line and make the needed correction.


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