System Tools tell me "The configuration could not be loaded..."

Jani Monoses jani.monoses at
Tue Jan 9 10:42:29 UTC 2007

Harold Aling wrote:
> Stefan Schwarzburg wrote:
>> Hi,
>> I have a problem. After Alternate CD installation, the systemtools 
>> (like the one to configure the network cards) worked from the menu. 
>> Than I did a upgrade of all available packages and now I allways get 
>> this message when I try to start these tools: "The configuration could 
>> not be loaded / You are not allowed to access the system 
>> configuration. " I can however do "sudo xterm" and then in this new 
>> terminal type "network-admin". Then I get the systemtool.
> Same here on 2 machines (both Edgy -> one upgrade, one fresh install)
> I (harold) am a member of the 'admin' group:
> harold at DBWS439:~$ id
> uid=1000(harold) gid=1000(harold) 
> groups=4(adm),20(dialout),24(cdrom),25(floppy),29(audio),30(dip),44(video),46(plugdev),107(lpadmin),111(scanner),113(admin),114(fuse),1000(harold)
> harold at DBWS439:~$ cat /etc/group|grep adm
> adm:x:4:harold
> lpadmin:x:107:harold
> admin:x:113:harold
> harold at DBWS439:~$ ls -la `which network-admin`
> -rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 104096 2006-10-02 17:05 /usr/bin/network-admin
> Which group do I need to join to be able to launch the system tools from 
> the menu again?

Try adding yourself to the root group see if it works.
Alternately add gksu in the Exec line of the desktop files installed by 

In edgy-updates (after edgy released) system-config-backends and 
gnome-system-tools have been changed to not allow admin group members 
launch the tools w/o giving a password. At least gnome-system-tools 
change seems to be in edgy-proposed still, not in updates so I am not 
sure what the status is. Since xubuntu-system-tools is still built from 
a separate source package than gnome-system-tools although they use the 
same upstream tarball x-s-t needs the patch to work with the newer 


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