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Old 11-19-2008, 12:23 PM   #1
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Unhappy KDE media services not recognized--maybe a HAL permission issue?


Hello folks--

OK, I am quite new here, but not new to Linux. I have JUST installed SuSE 11.0 on a new box at home. I have SuSE 10.2 running on my office machine that does not exhibit the issue I'm about to describe. The 10.2 box uses udev with NO explicit fstab mounts for ANY external devices and everything works fine. I'm using a KDE 3.x on it. Sorry I'll have to verify the hal version.

I've seen posts on the slackware group exactly describing the problem I'm seeing but apparently this is NOT indigenous to JUST slackware.

What's happening is all media are detected (associated with what you expect for standard device recognition) when I'm in KDE as "root", but none of the media type options appear for regular users, although the media IS recognized for what it is (e.g. and audio CD), but I am givin NO options on how to process it....AND all the HAL Advanced option in the KDE services menu is indeed greyed out as reported on the slackware list.

A recommendation has been to downgrade HAL. I may try this but again, I am NOT a happy camper at the moment. How could something so nice go so wrong.
 
Old 11-20-2008, 07:41 AM   #2
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Hi,

Welcome to LQ!

I don't use 'SuSe' but what groups do you have your user in? Be sure that they are in the plugdev group.

Fron the cli;
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~# groups your_usr_name #place your user name
users floppy audio video cdrom plugdev
 
Old 11-21-2008, 12:25 PM   #3
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thanks onebuck

Yep! that was the first thing I checked. It tuns out things aren't quite as dire as I suspected after some further investigation. BTW, depending ON the media that gets mounted on SuSE, the "group" could be many things. Udev "groups" are supposed to correspond to actual /dev groups I think, AND my users have been portioned out accordingly.

What HAS happened is the the "media services" normal users are seeing in KDE, i.e. why do I NOT get the CD player as an option when I mount an audioi CD? (a la WIndows), are not the same as what "root" sees. The answer is my "normal" suers are missing some media protocol setup files in
.kde/share/services

But why? is my next avenue for exploration.

So, thanks for your reply. For the time being anyway, I'm thinking KDE issue rather than kernel mounting issue.

More to come I'm sure.
 
Old 11-21-2008, 01:01 PM   #4
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Hi,

Really you don't mount a audio cd/dvd. You seem to have a permissions problem. You are sure the user(s) are in the proper groups?
 
Old 11-30-2008, 05:50 PM   #5
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well...I got a bit further

Hi--

Well it was a permission problem but had to do with the way my hal setup was "permitting" things it seems. I had to go in and edit /etc/PolicyKit/PolicyKit.conf. Who knew. Now I'm a bit further along...but still mystified by all this. WHY????

Really, if there's one thing I've learned over the last 7 yrs working with Linux, it's "keep reading...".

And, I've had to do some other things. When I'm all done, I'll post a big long message here. I think this is a SuSE 11.0 indigenous problem....LOTS of anguish on the opensuse lists directly related to this.

back later...and thanks again for all your help and support!
 
  


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