Software Boutique, don't have required privileges?

I’m running MATE on a Chromebook via crouton, and it’s running fantastic, I couldn’t be happier.

Am having an issue installing anything from the Software Boutique, and I’m wondering if it’s a crouton issue, or something I can fix.

When I try to install anything from boutique, I get a box saying “You are not allowed to perform this action”. Underneath that it says “You don’t have the required privileges to perform this action”. Under ‘details’ it says: org.freedesktop.PolicyKit.Error.Failed: (‘system-bus-name’, {‘name’: ‘:1.67’}): org.debian.apt.update-cache

Is this fixable? It’s a minor nuisance, I am able to use Ubuntu Software Center by starting it in terminal via gksu. Gksu software-boutique does nothing.

System: Host: localhost Kernel: 3.14.0 x86_64 (64 bit) Desktop: MATE 1.16.1
Distro: Ubuntu 16.04 xenial

Okay, I figured out a way that worked. Made link on desktop, rt click, open as administrator.


It’s highly likely to be an issue with Crouton and PolicyKit (which is responsible for providing elevated privileges only when they’re needed)

I have no experience with Crouton, but running the program as root will work.

Software Boutique and Welcome are actually the same program (at the moment), so the command is:

ubuntu-mate-welcome --software-only

I installed a fresh 20.04 on a Virtual box and got the described problem. After running the initial apt update and apt upgrade (and reboot) the problem seems resolved.
Ed Greenberg