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PolkitAgentSession

PolkitAgentSession — Authentication Session

Stability Level

Unstable, unless otherwise indicated

Object Hierarchy

  GObject
   +----PolkitAgentSession

Signals

  "completed"                                      : Run Last
  "request"                                        : Run Last
  "show-error"                                     : Run Last
  "show-info"                                      : Run Last

Description

The PolkitAgentSession class is an abstraction used for interacting with the native authentication system (for example PAM) for obtaining authorizations. This class is typically used together with instances that are derived from the PolkitAgentListener abstract base class.

To perform the actual authentication, PolkitAgentSession uses a trusted suid helper. The authentication conversation is done through a pipe. This is transparent; the user only need to handle the "request", "show-info", "show-error" and "completed" signals and invoke polkit_agent_session_response() in response to requests.

If the user successfully authenticates, the authentication helper will invoke a method on the PolicyKit daemon (see polkit_authority_authentication_agent_response_sync()) with the given cookie. Upon receiving a positive response from the PolicyKit daemon (via the authentication helper), the "completed" signal will be emitted with the gained_authorization paramter set to TRUE.

If the user is unable to authenticate, the "completed" signal will be emitted with the gained_authorization paramter set to FALSE.

Details

PolkitAgentSession

typedef struct _PolkitAgentSession PolkitAgentSession;

The PolkitAgentSession struct should not be accessed directly.


polkit_agent_session_new ()

PolkitAgentSession * polkit_agent_session_new           (PolkitIdentity *identity,
                                                         const gchar *cookie);

Creates a new authentication session.

The caller should connect to the "request", "show-info", "show-error" and "completed" signals and then call polkit_agent_session_initiate() to initiate the authentication session.

identity :

The identity to authenticate.

cookie :

The cookie obtained from the PolicyKit daemon

Returns :

A PolkitAgentSession. Free with g_object_unref().

polkit_agent_session_initiate ()

void                polkit_agent_session_initiate       (PolkitAgentSession *session);

Initiates the authentication session.

Use polkit_agent_session_cancel() to cancel the session.

session :

A PolkitAgentSession.

polkit_agent_session_response ()

void                polkit_agent_session_response       (PolkitAgentSession *session,
                                                         const gchar *response);

Function for providing response to requests received via the "request" signal.

session :

A PolkitAgentSession.

response :

Response from the user, typically a password.

polkit_agent_session_cancel ()

void                polkit_agent_session_cancel         (PolkitAgentSession *session);

Cancels an authentication session. This will make session emit the "completed" signal.

session :

A PolkitAgentSession.

Signal Details

The "completed" signal

void                user_function                      (PolkitAgentSession *session,
                                                        gboolean            gained_authorization,
                                                        gpointer            user_data)                 : Run Last

Emitted when the authentication session has been completed or cancelled. The gained_authorization parameter is TRUE only if the user successfully authenticated.

Upon receiving this signal, the user should free session using g_object_unref().

session :

A PolkitAgentSession.

gained_authorization :

TRUE only if the authorization was successfully obtained.

user_data :

user data set when the signal handler was connected.

The "request" signal

void                user_function                      (PolkitAgentSession *session,
                                                        gchar              *request,
                                                        gboolean            echo_on,
                                                        gpointer            user_data)      : Run Last

Emitted when the user is requested to answer a question.

When the response has been collected from the user, call polkit_agent_session_response().

session :

A PolkitAgentSession.

request :

The request to show the user, e.g. "name: " or "password: ".

echo_on :

TRUE if the response to the request SHOULD be echoed on the screen, FALSE if the response MUST NOT be echoed to the screen.

user_data :

user data set when the signal handler was connected.

The "show-error" signal

void                user_function                      (PolkitAgentSession *session,
                                                        gchar              *text,
                                                        gpointer            user_data)      : Run Last

Emitted when there is information related to an error condition to be displayed to the user.

session :

A PolkitAgentSession.

text :

An error string to display to the user.

user_data :

user data set when the signal handler was connected.

The "show-info" signal

void                user_function                      (PolkitAgentSession *session,
                                                        gchar              *text,
                                                        gpointer            user_data)      : Run Last

Emitted when there is information to be displayed to the user.

session :

A PolkitAgentSession.

text :

A string to display to the user.

user_data :

user data set when the signal handler was connected.
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