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Re: [vox-tech] why does HAL hate me

I ran into this too recently. Problem seems to be an issue of your user being a member of the right groups. On my distro (Arch) once I added myself to the groups "optical" and "storage" and then (important!) either logged out or rebooted (I can't remember which) the problem went away.

Depdending on what distro you're using, the group names may be different (e.g., I think Debian might have a group "hal" that you might need to add yourself to) but once you get yourself added to the right groups (and reboot!) the problem should go away.

BTW, there's some info to be found by googling on the text of that Hal error message.



Paul wrote:
I just reinstalled hal to see if I could get it to work for me this time
(last time I found that purging hal made everything work right again).
Now, when I try to read a cd I get this message.

"A security policy in place prevents this sender from sending this
message to this recipient, see message bus configuration file (rejected
message had interface "org.freedesktop.Hal.Device.Volume" member "Mount"
error name "(unset)" destination "org.freedesktop.Hal")"

I think it says that I haven't been anointed by some elite being to
receive messages from my cd drive. I sure that someone out there could
explain why it is good policy not let me receive messages from my cd
drive but I would like to get it working.

I think I have three choices:

1. apt-get --purge remove HAL (it worked the first time)

2. find all the HAL config files and change all "deny" to "allow". This
probably misses the point but try understanding the HAL config file(s).
If you have HAL installed take a look at /etc/dbus-1/system.d/hal.conf - pure gibberish

3 Ask somebody who knows what they're doing.

Somebody - Anybody - HELP

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