ConsoleKit (Italiano)

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ConsoleKit is a framework for managing user sessions and permissions. Some of the most common usages of ConsoleKit are allowing non-root users to mount removable media and suspending/shutting down the computer through common desktop applications (e.g. Thunar, Nautilus, the GNOME shutdown menu, etc.).


Install the consolekit package, available in the official repositories.

Display manager usage


Note: Do not nest ConsoleKit sessions by calling one from another, or you will break ConsoleKit.

To launch an X session with ConsoleKit, using a display manager like SLiM, append the following to the exec statement in ~/.xinitrc e.g.:

exec ck-launch-session startxfce4

This starts Xfce with proper environment variables so it and its children are able to use ConsoleKit. Display managers like KDM, GDM, and LXDM start ConsoleKit automatically with each X session.

Running several applications from ~/.xinitrc

If several applications are to be executed from ~/.xinitrc, not all of these will have ConsoleKit environment variables set. In the following example, only children of Compiz will be able to properly use ConsoleKit, but children of xterm will not.

xterm &
exec ck-launch-session compiz ccp

Typically, this can be an issue when for example using Compiz standalone and some other application launchers, (gnome-do, kupfer, gmrun, xbindkeys, etc.) since children of the application launcher will not be able to use ConsoleKit. A dirty workaround is to have the entire session started by a second script, e.g. ~/.xstart. Do not forget dbus-launch, it is likely that you will need it too:

exec ck-launch-session dbus-launch $HOME/.xstart
compiz ccp &
Thunar &

Do not forget to make ~/.xstart executable:

chmod +x ~/.xstart

To see whether everything is started correctly:


It should show at least one session like this one

       unix-user = '1000'
       realname = 'Your Name'
       seat = 'Seat1'
       session-type = 
       active = TRUE
       x11-display = ':0'
       x11-display-device = '/dev/tty2'
       display-device = '/dev/tty1'
       remote-host-name = 
       is-local = TRUE
       on-since = '2011-11-16T12:01:50.104764Z'
       login-session-id = '7'

Use dbus for power operations

  • shut down:
dbus-send --system --print-reply --dest="org.freedesktop.ConsoleKit" /org/freedesktop/ConsoleKit/Manager org.freedesktop.ConsoleKit.Manager.Stop
  • restart:
dbus-send --system --print-reply --dest="org.freedesktop.ConsoleKit" /org/freedesktop/ConsoleKit/Manager org.freedesktop.ConsoleKit.Manager.Restart
  • suspend:
dbus-send --system --print-reply --dest="org.freedesktop.UPower" /org/freedesktop/UPower org.freedesktop.UPower.Suspend
  • hibernate (suspend to disk):
dbus-send --system --print-reply --dest="org.freedesktop.UPower" /org/freedesktop/UPower org.freedesktop.UPower.Hibernate

This method assumes that you are given permission to shutdown by policy kit. The default group for this is "wheel". To change this, edit /etc/polkit-1/localauthority.conf.d/50-localauthority.conf

Note: Using dbus for suspend and hibernate requires upower.

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