On Thu, 27 Oct 2011 11:24:13 -0500 Leonid Isaev firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
On (10/27/11 17:49), Mick wrote: -~> Following yet another update that has disabled user control of USB -~> sticks, cameras, etc. and blocked user from shutting down from the -~> desktop (in my case xfce4), I am at the end of my tether. -~> -~> Is there some way to be fore-warned of these updates coming online and -~> avoid them or be ready with clear info on how to repair the damage they -~> are set to create. -~> -~> mick
OK, which update you are talking about?
I'm not sure, I usually run pacman -Syu about 3 weeks apart and there are usually many updates to apply.
Shutdown problems probably come from upower. Your user would loose control of external devices only if you were in the storage/disk groups. Adding youself to these groups was your mistake, since unless you understand what you are doing, you should let console-kit do the permission granting. In fact, on a modern linux system you only have to be a member of 1 group: users.
I'm currently in the following groups:
disk - not sure why lp - to get around printer problems wheel - the beginners guide insisted log - after an update destroyed my root GUI session locate - I had some reason, can't remember now http - facilitate editing of website video - don't know audio - couldn't play music until I added optical, storage no usbstick or cd/dvd access without it scanner camera - same thing with camera and scanner power - fixed a previous occurrence of this problem users - default wireshark - obvious
How do you start your desktop and do you have ck-launch-session running?
ininttab runlevel 5 ==> xdm
exec ck-launch-session startxfce4
This has been a frequently recurring problem since I first install Arch about feb 2009, and the solution has never been the same
PS I apologize if my inherent paranoia is showing.