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Old 08-10-2012, 05:33 PM   #1
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Question KDE: "Unable to authenticate/execute the action: 3"

I am running Arch with KDE and everything is up-to-date.

Every now and then, my system clock gets stuck in UTC when I am GMT-4. I have installed ntp and have it running via rc.conf, but when I go to adjust the time and say "Set date and time automatically", I get the error "Unable to authenticate/execute the action: 3". I also get the same error when trying to change the login theme. I do have dbus installed and running (I heard that might cause this).

Does anyone know what might be wrong? The login screen is more of an annoyance but having the wrong time is more a problem.
Old 08-10-2012, 07:12 PM   #2
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I have the same setup on one of my laptops too.

Did you see / follow this ? :

including this warning :

Warning: Using localtime may lead to several known and unfixable bugs.
I suppose what I saying is your clock SHOULD be stuck on UTC !

or do I not understand your problem ?
Old 08-11-2012, 06:31 AM   #3
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I think that the local is a symptom of another problem in which things in System Settings which should ask for a root password just error out, so I think Polkit isn't set up properly. If I go into System Settings -> Actions Policy, everything is blank and grayed out. Any ideas?


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