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When I navigate to System->Administration->Synaptic Package Manager it will prompt me for a password. The problem is that it always says I entered the wrong password.

If I run the command "gksudo synaptic" from the console, the password I enter works fine and Synaptic starts with no issues.

I'm guessing I configured something improperly when setting up the OS. Any ideas to get Synaptic to work from the Gnome panel?

I'm running Ubuntu 10.10.

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Are you an admin user? If not, are you entering the admin password or yours? – Chance Mar 29 '11 at 18:16
@chance Yes, I am an administrator. – juan2raid Mar 29 '11 at 18:23
Argh, this happens to me too! I end up always starting synaptic via sudo from a terminal when I want to use it. Funny thing: when gnome-settings-daemon isn't running, gksu and synaptic work correctly. – Just Jake Mar 29 '11 at 20:41
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On Ubuntu 10.04, the Synaptic menu entry calls gksu --description /usr/share/applications/synaptic.desktop /usr/sbin/synaptic Did you enable the root user? If you did, you either want to use the root password or change the menu to gksudo or add --sudo-mode to the current menu entry.

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This might help :

  1. Ensure that gconf-editor is installed
  2. Press Alt-F2 and run gconf-editor
  3. Go to apps > gksu and tick the 'sudo-mode' box
  4. Try Synaptic again.
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