I have two Ubuntu 12.04 systems, one a desktop, and the other running as a NIS/NFS server (a desktop with lightdm disabled). When I login, I get the dialog (not error) "Authentication is required to change user data" The Details section of the dialog says "org.freedesktop.accounts.user-administration"

Any help helping me figure out how to make this dialog go away is appreciated.

BTW, not entering the password has no effect whatsoever.

  • Could you solve this problem? I have the same issue on a range of machines authenticating via Active Directory (centrify). – uzhoasit Jun 5 '13 at 17:49
  • @uzhoasit: Sorry, no luck yet. I am not sure what the problem is, still. – Sonny Jun 5 '13 at 18:03
  • Seems to be an issue with Unity. I try to fix it with support from Canonical. I'll post back the results. – uzhoasit Jun 10 '13 at 5:25
  • How do you authenticate your users? Normal local users with local passwords? – uzhoasit Jun 13 '13 at 15:41

You need to set the usernames (local:bob, network:bob) to have the same UID. You would likely want to change the local account as opposed to the network one.

In my setup: I ran id bob to get the AD/network UID. Then I edited /etc/passwd and changed the UID of the local bob account. (This can be dangerous, if you mess up!)

If you have a graphical environment go to Users and Groups -> Click on the user account in question, Advanced Settings, and then change the UID there.

The indicator-applet issue will not be fixed in Ubuntu (even though it is caused by an Ubuntu specific patch): You can see more details here: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/indicator-messages/+bug/1192300


Seems to be an issue with messaging indicator.

As an intermediate solution you can remove the messaging indicator with sudo apt-get remove indicator-messages

  • Though this was the solution I adopted, the reply due to gQuigs below gave me a better picture of why. I hope you don't mind me selecting the answer due to gQuigs. – Sonny Jul 8 '13 at 22:06
  • @Sonny: The solution from qQuigs is the official one. So its ok to select it as solution. – uzhoasit Jul 9 '13 at 0:04

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