Message "Failed to obtain authentication"

Hello !

Since I’ve upgraded to tumbleweed (wich is actually 12.3 or quite similar…) I have a “Failed to obtain authentication” in KDE…(see screenshot).

There’s no more details…(Where can I get more infos about that ?) Polkit problem ?

I think it’s also related to this

Thanks for help !

On 2013-03-30 18:26, amaurydg wrote:
> Since I’ve upgraded to tumbleweed

Then you have to ask in the tumbleweed forum. Please ask a moderator to
move your post; use the report button below.

Cheers / Saludos,

Carlos E. R.
(from 12.1 x86_64 “Asparagus” at Telcontar)

Will be moved to the Tumbleweed forums and is CLOSED during the process.

Moved from Applications and open again.


this forum post was high in Google’s rankings when I encountered the same problem.
The solution for came from this thread:

For those who don’t understand German, the solution for me consisted of:

  1. overwrite some files from /etc/pam.d
    with symlinks to other files in the same directory:
# cd /etc/pam.d
# ln -sf common-account-pc common-account
# ln -sf common-auth-pc common-auth
# ln -sf common-password-pc common-password
# ln -sf common-session-pc common-session

  1. run the following command:
# /usr/sbin/pam-config -a --systemd
  1. restart.

The problem, on my system, was in fact that the files /etc/pam.d/common-xxx were regular files, instead of symlinks.

I encountered this problem after updating a OpenSUSE 12.2 system to version 12.3. Yes, I am a bit late on releases… :shame: I hope this can help anyway.