Seems to be something different.
In the bug report there is this theory about online and active status
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grep -i state /run/systemd/users/$(id -u)
shows active in my case the gurus at Mageia say that the problem occurs when it shows online instead of active - not the case here.
My MCC does not fire:
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==== AUTHENTICATING FOR org.mageia.drakconf.pkexec.run ===
Authentication is required to run Mageia Control Center GUI
Authenticating as: root
polkit-agent-helper-1: error response to PolicyKit daemon: GDBus.Error:org.freedesktop.PolicyKit1.Error.Failed: No session for cookie
==== AUTHENTICATION FAILED ===
Error executing command as another user: Not authorized
This incident has been reported.
Others have this problem and this message but it seems to be linked to that online status thing - which does not apply in my case.
It is clearly a polkit thing though.....
So I decided to go about it Berserk style
This wants to remove some 400 files including xfce4 - but I don't care
Then I logged out and back in to a very basic X environment with two white terminals.
I re-installed polkit
Then I installed xfce4 again:
Then I started it in the terminal:
And the Mageia startup thing appeared and here I could also pick "Install and remove software".
I was nicely prompted for the password and...
The MCC was there
From there I installed lxdm with the Mageia theme for good measure. After a reboot it all works - Mageia is slower than a turtle on pot though - as in takes ages to start
I just remembered that I did not use xfce4 ion this Mageia install - only Openbox but it does not matter Drakconf works just fine in Openbox too.
( installed gksu-polkit to make autostarters for Drakconf)