GNOME Bugzilla – Bug 690592
Root authentication popup prematurely interprets input
Last modified: 2020-11-15 07:10:51 UTC
I can replicate it like this:
1. Go to Activities
2. Select an application that needs root (Synaptic, GParted, etc)
3. Press enter to launch and hold it until the root authentication dialog pops up
4. I can start to enter a password (optional)
5. After a few seconds the screen will tell me "that didn't work" and disappear.
This doesn't happen when:
- I use my mouse to start the application from Activities
- I tap enter really quickly, letting go before the dialog pops up (quite hard to accomplish if my computer responds quickly)
It seems the dialog interprets the "enter" press that originates in the Activities view as well. Imho the best solution would be to not allow the dialog to check an empty password (assuming it doesn't pop up on accounts with empty passwords), or to make sure it listens for the act of pressing enter, not having enter pressed.
More info: specifically, this is the pkexec dialog. Calling "pkexec synaptic" from a terminal gives the exact same results as above.
This annoying bug is occurring on current Ubuntu 12.10 with gnome-shell. See https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/policykit/+bug/1077546 and https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/policykit-1/+bug/1047706 and https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/gnome-shell/+bug/1082972 and https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/gnome-shell/+bug/1167059
Sounds like a dupe of bug 692937
*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of bug 692937 ***