Get Rid of ConsoleKit in Gentoo

Today, I have updated my Gentoo box. The only problem I faced was broken Network Manager applet (nm-applet):

  • no connections are shown at all;
  • often, nm-applet is not present in the notification area;
  • wired connection is established but WiFi is not even if I remove my patch cord.

I saw errors very close to http://forum.fedoraonline.it/viewtopic.php?id=18285:

$ nm-applet

** (nm-applet:4022): WARNING **: Could not initialize NMClient /org/freedesktop/NetworkManager: Method "GetAll" with signature "s" on interface "org.freedesktop.DBus.Properties" doesn't exist

** Message: applet now removed from the notification area
** Message: applet now embedded in the notification area

** (nm-applet:4022): WARNING **: fetch_connections_done: error fetching connections: (19) Method "ListConnections" with signature "" on interface "org.freedesktop.NetworkManager.Settings" doesn't exist
** (nm-applet:4022): WARNING **: Failed to register as an agent: (19) Method "Register" with signature "s" on interface "org.freedesktop.NetworkManager.AgentManager" doesn't exist

Solution that was proposed on the forum (just downgrade) definitely didn’t worked for me:

  • I do not like downgrades, I like to resolve the problems and submit bugfixes;
  • there were no version to downgrade: I used net-misc/networkmanager and gnome-extra/nm-applet 0.9.6.4.

I tried to unmask, build and install newer unstable versions, but it didn’t help. I saw complains like:

** (nm-applet:26726): WARNING **: Could not initialize NMClient /org/freedesktop/NetworkManager: Rejected send message, 2 matched rules; type="method_call", sender=":1.20" (uid=1000 pid=26726 comm="nm-applet ") interface="org.freedesktop.DBus.Properties" member="GetAll" error name="(unset)" requested_reply="0" destination="org.freedesktop.NetworkManager" (uid=0 pid=486 comm="/usr/sbin/NetworkManager ")

and finally, trying to connect to hidden WiFi network: “(32) Not authorized to control networking.”

I have read that this can be caused by incorrect polkit settings. Running /usr/libexec/polkit-gnome-authentication-agent-1, I saw a complain on missing /usr/lib/systemd/system/console-kit-daemon.service – and that was something since consolekit had been updated from 0.4.5_p20120320-r1 to 0.4.6 and the file was really removed to avoid collisions with systemd-logind.

https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/ConsoleKit strongly recommended to get rid of consolekit and switch to systemd-logind. So, I added “systemd -consolekit” to my /etc/portage/make.conf and updated all packages according to useflag changes. Finally, I returned to stable 0.9.6.4 Network Manager daemon and applet. Also, I updated xfce-base/xfce4-session to 4.10.1 since it supports systemd.

That worked magically: everything is ok as it was before!

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