Cannot elevate to root in GUI/desktop

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jelabarre59
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Cannot elevate to root in GUI/desktop

Post by jelabarre59 » Sun Feb 04, 2018 9:30 am

Whenever I run any applications that would prompt me for my password for sudo (USB Image Writer, gparted, etc), all I get is some flickering dialogue box that *should* be prompting me for a password, but instead it seems it's immediately failing on the password prompt without ever taking a password, and the dialogue immediately goes away. I can use sudo and gksudo from a command line with no problem, but this requires me to know what the specific command for that menu entry is (USB Image Writer is the same utility as the USB formatter, just different command switches. That also fails, obviously).

It would seem to be a problem in my profile, since I don't have this happening in other machines.

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Re: Cannot elevate to root in GUI/desktop

Post by austin.texas » Sun Feb 04, 2018 9:59 am

I can't say that I understand what is causing that problem. It could be a problem with pkexec instead of sudo.
Just to check your profile, post the result of the command:

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find $HOME -not -user $USER -exec ls -lad {} \;
Mint 18.2 Cinnamon, Quad core AMD A8-3870 with Radeon HD Graphics 6550D, 8GB DDR3, Ralink RT2561/RT61 802.11g PCI
Linux Linx 2018

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