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Have to agree with Sargek. After fooling with the man sudo file for about 20 minutes (and getting confused) I just ran sudo shutdown -h now . It asked for my user name, it said I wasn't in the sudoers file and the incident would be reported. Then I ran (as a regular user) shutdown -h now (did not use sudo) and the system shutdown fine. This is on mandrake linux release 9.0.
In Suse you shoud be able to configure user shutdown in YAST.
Security and Users --> ‘Boot Settings’
Specify the ‘Shutdown Behavior of KDM’ by granting permission to shut down the system from the KDE Display Manager, the graphical login of KDE. Give permission to ‘Only root’ (the system administrator), ‘All users’, ‘Nobody’, or ‘Local users’. If ‘Nobody’ is selected, the system can only be shut down via the text console.
You can configure it through YaST only if you use a login manager - it handles this for you. I do not use a login manager and only boot to the CLI. In a case such as mine, I need to use sudo - there is a nice tutorial on Gentoo's wiki site on how to do this, but I have not implemented or tested it on Suse yet - should be no problem though. I'll post back if I get the Gentoo process to work - I'm running Suse 10.0.