I have been playing around with pam-dbus on a old slow box that is too slow for gnome/kde so I have been using ratpoision as the window manager. I was able to configure it to show a notification on the desktop whenever an authentication attempt was made, but I can't figure out how to approve/disapprove the attempt.

  • Someone is actually using pam-dbus? I am considering removing it from Debian... if you still use it, let me know! – Joachim Breitner Jan 12 '14 at 0:03
  • I haven't got working yet. – hildred Jan 12 '14 at 0:10
  • Ok, had to read some of my own code again. Are you running the pam-dbus-notify tool that comes with pam-dbus? – Joachim Breitner Jan 12 '14 at 1:26
  • galago-project.org/specs/notification/index.php is the homepage listed in aptitude. – hildred Jan 12 '14 at 1:40

pam-dbus uses a feature where a notification contains not only text, but can also allows for Yes-No-interaction. Not all providers of notifications support that feature, if yours does not then you cannot use pam-dbus.

You can check that your notification daemon supports action using this script:

import pynotify
n = pynotify.Notification("Title","Text")
n.add_action("action", "An action", lambda _: False)
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  • notification-daemon 0.7.6-1 – hildred Jan 12 '14 at 1:04
  • Traceback (most recent call last): File "/home/ben/testnote.py", line 6, in <module> n.show() glib.GError: GDBus.Error:org.freedesktop.DBus.Error.ServiceUnknown: The name org.freedesktop.Notifications was not provided by any .service files – hildred Jan 12 '14 at 1:44
  • @hildred: Ok, I am surprised that you get any notification at all then. Are you sure that notification-daemon is running (not just installed)? After all, you say that you are not using GNOME. And what exactly does the notification that you see say? – Joachim Breitner Jan 12 '14 at 11:06
  • Your code works on Debian/Gnome3 libnotify version 0.1.1-3. – Braiam Jan 12 '14 at 12:24
  • @JoachimBreitner what?? – Kaz Wolfe Jan 13 '14 at 16:07

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