I'm trying to write a new .rules file for PolicyKit. My test attempt (in the directory /etc/polkit-1/rules.d/) looks like this:

polkit.addRule(function(action, subject) {
    if (action.id == "org.freedesktop.policykit.exec") {
        polkit.log("action=" + action);
        polkit.log("subject=" + subject);
    return polkit.Result.NOT_HANDLED;

But as far as I can tell, this code is never run. The test file is still there, and there's no log output after running something like $ pkexec -u otheruser bash

(I have tried marking the .rules files as executable.)


If you are on Ubuntu 19.04 (or lower) then you are still using the old version of PolKit, where there are no .rules files but only .pkla and .conf files.

On the command prompt, do:

pkaction --version

If it says < 0.106, then you can only use the old syntax.

You can create a .pkla file in /etc/polkit-1/localauthority/

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    Ubuntu 15.10 is still on the old version. pkaction --version gives pkaction version 0.105 Mar 24 '16 at 17:38
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    Ubuntu 18.04 still carries 0.105!!!! Oh, my!!!!
    – Osqui
    Dec 13 '17 at 23:41
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    And even no 0.106+ version is in repos for Ubuntu! OMG!
    – Suncatcher
    May 6 '18 at 8:07
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    ubuntu 19.04 pkaction version 0.105. New rules files are written in JavaScript unsupported. Nov 18 '18 at 22:08
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    Ubuntu 20.04 still uses 0.105 Aug 24 '20 at 15:27

To work as expected, you have to put your own .rules files in:


Note that it should also solve this question.

  • Moving the file there didn't seem to change anything. Also, according to the polkit docs and the Arch wiki, /etc/polkit-1/rules.d should be used for user configuration. So I'm not sure what difference changing directories makes.
    – Keidax
    Oct 13 '14 at 16:47
  • @Keidax: what's the name of your .rules file? Oct 13 '14 at 16:49
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    Currently /usr/share/polkit-1/rules.d/10-udisks-personal.rules
    – Keidax
    Oct 13 '14 at 16:51

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