I recently re installed Ubuntu using the mini.iso, but much to my dismay the mini.iso is not configured the same way as the Ubuntu desktop ISO some "problems" I'm facing such as:

  • An Installation using the regular Ubuntu CD recognizes my active network connections in Network Manager, Installing with the mini.iso gives me a working connection however no connections are "active" in Network Manager displaying the message "The system network services are not compatible with this version."
  • In a regular Ubuntu install connecting an Android phone to the PC mounts the phone's internal memory and sd card if present, Using the mini.iso the phone is detected as it appears with the command lsusb but it's not mounted and can't be mounted.
  • In the same regards using the phone to tether it's connection to the PC via USB, the phone is connected to my (WiFi). In the regular Ubuntu install the phone is recognized as a networking device and is used as connection usb0, while in the mini.iso nothing happens, and trying to add the connection to /etc/network/interfaces results in the OS crashing.

Just to make sure It wasn't a matter of my user not having the correct permissions or a lack of "groups", I've checked with an Ubuntu VM and the groups are the same, the networking files are the same, and the packages (except those of ubuntu-desktop such as Unity, Firefox, LibreOffice, and other non-essential software) are Installed in my PC, so what else is there to look for?.

I'm sure I'm missing something, and I'd prefer not to install Ubuntu again, using the regular cd.

How can I manage to get the same behaviour/configuration without reinstalling ?

Contents of:


dpkg --list

ps aux

  • Just to confirm, by mini.iso you mean the minimal netinstall CD? Or some Ubuntu Remix, etc? What desktop environment are you using now? Also please pastebin the file /var/lib/dpkg/status and pastebinit the output of this command: ls -lct /var/lib/dpkg/info | grep -P -o "[A-Z][a-z][a-z]\s+\d+.*(?=\.)" | sort | uniq – ish Sep 10 '12 at 3:44
  • I believe so, it's this one Minimal CD – Uri Herrera Sep 10 '12 at 4:03
  • What desktop env/tasksel/additional packages did you install on top of it? – ish Sep 10 '12 at 4:13
  • I get no output from the command you gave me, I installed XFCE (not xubuntu-desktop) ,Chrome, Nautilus, Gnome Tweak Tool, Evince, Inkscape, Gimp, LibreOffice writer, and some others media players and converters all of them appending --no-install-recommend. – Uri Herrera Sep 10 '12 at 4:28
  • Please post output of dpkg --list – ish Sep 10 '12 at 4:29

Your problem is that the display manager you are using -- SLiM 1.3.2 -- DOES NOT integrate with the ConsoleKit/PolicyKit authentication framework used by Ubuntu.

You need to use a display manager which does support CK/PK (e.g. GDM, KDM, LightDM, XDM...), or install the newest SLiM 1.3.4 (from Quantal) which DOES support CK/PK:

  • Do I need to Install fontconfig too?, SLiM installed no problem but fontconfig complains about dependencies. – Uri Herrera Sep 10 '12 at 16:21
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    Sorry for the delay. If it works, no need to install the new fontconfing. If it doesn't, then you do. Please update me. – ish Sep 13 '12 at 23:27

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