Jaroslav Řezník asked on #fedora-kde a few days ago if anyone was interested in taking over polkit-qt and polkit-kde-agent as he doesn’t have enough time to maintain them aside with his other duties and when I met him in the kitchen, we discussed the matter. He was very convincing with the reasons to take the package and made the ugly bugs seem really interesting so here I stand.
What I’m intending to do
Bug reports quite stacked in the tracker in the meantime so the plan how to deal with them in the following weeks is:
There’s a LOT of bug reports in the tracker for both components and it seems most of them were caused by the underlying libraries or misuse of the authentication agents as I wasn’t able to reproduce most of them. I’m requesting information from the reporters though to be sure and possibly work on solutions with them. Hopefully, Drs. Albert Spijkers will respond if Jawid Asefi and others died young or stopped attempting to hack him… (https://bugs.kde.org/show_bug.cgi?id=316514)
Of course most of the reports are coming from software managers like Apper or Muon and looking into the reports, I’m afraid many bugs in polkit related packages were worked around in the invoking applications.
I already closed a few of them though, the ones confirmed to be fixed and the ones apparently caused by something else and fixed by now. However, it’s interesting how for every closed bug I receive an informative mail starting with “[Red Hat - Possible Forgery]” but the comments go through clear.
At the first glance it seems handling signals and cancellations may be done in a bit unlucky way in polkit-qt but I have to be sure before I’m making any chances to the code.
When I will have triaged most of the bugs, there will be time for some enhancements to the overall usability of the agent. Currently, there is a problem with the authentication dialog window appearing beneath the “parent” window (quotes because it’s technically not its parent) often causing the user to not notice he needs to enter a password to proceed and failing the authentication process.
Regarding this, Jaroslav spoke about moving the dialog into KRunner which would look very nice (maybe just my impression but I really like KRunner and think it should be used more). I’m leaving this for further discussion. And with that we can start right here, please tell me what you think about it in the comments!
Besides that, I think using the notifier area as KWallet is doing now would make the behavior nicely consistent with it as both components are quite closely related.
I also see there are some parts still unimplemented but planned, for example the “Remember authorization” checkbox or display of which application invoked the dialog. These are still planned and I’m going to implement them over time.
However, I won’t be doing anything about the KCM module for rule editing. I don’t even have rights for the repository and am not planning to obtain them. If you’re willing to take up the work and continue to maintain the project, you’re free and welcome to do so!