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Thread: Why does Update Manager ask me to "Authenticate" ?

  1. #1
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    Smile Why does Update Manager ask me to "Authenticate" ?

    Usually I just click on "Install Updates" when Update Manager runs - but today it is asking me to "Authenticate" so it wants the root password.
    (The box actually says: "To install or remove software, you need to authenticate. An application is attempting to perform an action that requires privileges. Authentication is required to perform this action"

    Is this normal? i.e does Update Manager sometimes requre the root passward and other times not?

    Thanks, Stef
    (Ubuntu 12.04 64bit)
    Last edited by Stef700; May 10th, 2013 at 01:03 PM.

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    Re: Why does Update Manager ask me to "Authenticate" ?

    Yes, it will ask you to authenticate often during updates because it needs to change system files. If your user has sudo rights you simply enter your own password.

    That is quite normal from update manager.
    Darko.
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    Re: Why does Update Manager ask me to "Authenticate" ?

    It usually asks you for your password when it is about to install new packages (sometimes updated versions of packages have new dependencies and need to pull some additional packages from the repositories).

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    Smile Re: Why does Update Manager ask me to "Authenticate" ?

    Great thanks

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