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    synaptic gone from sys>admin menu?

    Somehow 'synaptic', 'hardware drivers', and 'software sources' have been removed from the options to use in the System>Admin menu. They used to be there and worked fine. I am running Hardy and using the default login that was created on install. I have previously used 'hardware drivers' for adding nvidia drivers and 'synaptic' for adding programs, as this login, so I know they were there and worked.

    I tried right clicking on 'System' and choosing 'Edit Menus'. The editing box opens, Synaptic, etc. are listed under Admin but are in italics and unchecked. If I check their boxes the check shows for a second, then goes away. I tested by unchecking and rechecking something else (Time and Date). When it was unchecked it went to italics but switched back to regular font and stayed selected when I rechecked its box but Synaptic and the others will not stay checked.

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    Re: synaptic gone from sys>admin menu?

    This sounds like typical behaviour of when you have been removed from the "admins" group.

    Can you open up a terminal and type in the command:
    Code:
    groups
    And post the output in your next post.

    Regards
    Iain

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    Re: synaptic gone from sys>admin menu?

    typing groups in terminal gives me:

    users admin housenet

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    Re: synaptic gone from sys>admin menu?


    So that is very odd indeed.

    To confirm that you're admin group is functional, does this command work?
    Code:
    sudo id
    Regards
    Iain

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    Re: synaptic gone from sys>admin menu?

    I type in sudo id, give it my password, and get back this:

    uid=0(root) gid=0(root) groups=0(root),100(users),115(admin)

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    Re: synaptic gone from sys>admin menu?

    I had a similar problem, I joined my machine to a domain and am logging in as a domain user. I fixed the problem by editing the /etc/passwd file and adding my information to that file. You can get your uid by opening the terminal and typing
    Code:
    id
    you might also want to
    Code:
    less /etc/groups
    and make sure your username is in the following groups
    Code:
    your_username(mine is dendy7h) dialout cdrom floppy audio dip video plugdev fuse lpadmin admin
    HTH,


    Dendy

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    Solved?:Re: synaptic gone from sys>admin menu?

    Thank you both for the help. I checked /etc/group and everything looked fine. I ended up using sudo gedit and deleting the admin:115 group from my groups list, rebooting, re-editing the list and putting the admin group back in, and rebooting again. Something in that fixed the problem and I have Synaptic and the other options back in my drop down list now. I really have no clue why they went away or how that process fixed it, but I'm glad it did so.

    Thanks again.

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