I tried to start synaptic from the menu but got the message Moksha was unable to run the application: synaptic-pkexec. I see I'm not alone, another member posted the same problem, but no solution. I can run synaptic from terminology: sudo synaptic-pkexec and synaptic starts, lovely. I marked synaptic for reinstallation, which worked, but it still won't start from the menu. Any help, ideas, solutions particularly welcome. Looking back, the only thing I have changed since last successfully using synaptic was installing firefox from the bodhi appcentre webpage. I have subsequently uninstalled firefox (using synaptic started in terminology). Help!
Me too. I've had this problem lotsa times and followed solutions, sometimes it'll work for a little while, but never stays working. I've given up on trying, will hope its fixed in bodhi 6. I said that for bodhi 5.1 too tho and it did work a litlte while.... never known what causes it, but if its firefox, that explains it, I use that, maybe something in firefox install breaks it, and maybe later firefox updates break it again if you fix it... I dunno.
I find the easiest way is not even try to fix it, just sudo synaptic, sudo gparted, sudo ukuu, sudo grub-customizer etc.
But someone may reply with one of the methods to fix it,but based on my experience it won't last, by the next time you wanna use synaptic from menu it'll already be broken again.
Ho hum! Suppose I'll just live with it then - as I do with a couple of other Bodhi foibles. But still a great lightweight distro. It's just occurred to me to try something - I reinstalled synaptic before uninstalling Firefox, so if it is a Firefox problem, I might try reinstalling synaptic now Firefox is no longer there. I'll report back later.
The fixes usually involve #1 making sure policy kit is loaded in startup applications. Usually it'll be the one I have pictured, but if somehow it got swapped to like lxpolkit that should work too, as long as one policy kit agent is there...
If you dont have it on your order tab, add it from another tab and apply, and I think you have to reboot for it to take effect.
However, if that's already good and still not working right, one of the things to try is installing, reinstalling, or removing esudo.
sudo apt purge esudo
then test if synaptic prompts you. If it does, problem solved (at least for now). If it doesnt work or apt says you dont even have esudo installed, then:
sudo apt install esudo
test again and hopefully works this time.
There are several threads over the past couple years on linuxquestions in bodhi section about this issue with various solutions, and explanations of the cause, so if it's not policykit missing and/r you can't make it work by messing with esudo installation, and you want to investigate further and nobody provides better idea, it may be worth a search on there.
@enigma, thanks, that seems to have worked - for now! Policykit authentication agent added to startup, reboot, hey presto I have synaptic. But for some weird reason, synaptic is now in Applications - Preferences, wasn't it in System tools previously? Or am I making that up?
thewaiter, as for my comment earlier about foibles, I just mean Bodhi has a different way of doing things from LinuxMint, which I run on my main pc; because Bodhi is so much slimmer, fewer tasks are carried out by the system. Something as simple as adding items to desktop for example need multiple steps. Not a complaint, just an observation, and happy to work with that, as long as Bodhi remains a slim, lithe sprinter, as opposed to the leviathan bloat of Windoze (which still lurks in the depths of my little netbook).
Oh, yes. I can confirm Moksha desktop is different and not straightforward for new users. Feel free to look at our wiki or Roger's great ebook. Once you get familiar with settings, you will consider it fine