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I have problem with 'shutdown -h now' from the command line, but getting there was the problem.
Where I went into KDE from the command line, with 'startx', on logout, I was returned to the command line. However, When I set things to boot straight to KDE,
( /etc/initab -> id:4:initdefault, it boots to a groovey flowery login screen, & sure enough you login to KDE or gnome. However, when you logon out, it returns you to the login screen ! Maybe I've missed something, but I couldn't find any powerdown option in KDE - I didn't think it would as the PC's PSU is an AT one, without APM.
You could also continue to use GDM, and solve this problem by running gdmconfig as root once you're logged onto a session. There you will find many configuration options for GDM, including a setting for the ability to shut down from the login screen.
Hmmm, I think somethings trying to drive me nuts...
The other night, when I had the shutdown prolem (i.e. couldn't), I committed the evil of all evils & just hit the power switch !
The next time I turned the PC on, the file system was bu**ered & it wouldn't boot.
Anyway, I was planning a re-install, because I wanted to re-partition the HDD, & see is ext3 was worth using (maybe in case of dirty power-downs ?)
So, for this installation, I also created a partion for /home, used ext3, & for the SW selection, I missed out much of the developer stuff (It'll never be used on this box) & Gnome.
After the first boot, I edited /etc/initab as normal & rebooted...
The GUI login screen was different this time (last time, it defualted to Gnome), it looked more KDE-ish, and had option buttons. There, clear as day was the option to shutdown. Also, after the session, on logout, the logout screen was different (had a 'cute' little dragon), and again the was the option to log in, reboot, or shutdown.
So, I guess the original screen (Gnome) was less obvious with the options, but the enforce re-install & new set-up precluded any further investigation.
However, every little detail has been scribbled in me notebook, so is ready for the next time...
DaOne - Thanks for the details, as you can see, I didn't go that route, as after screwing things up good & proper, I didn't re-install Gnome the next time, so it defaulted to the kdm anyway.
cpv204 - I wasn't aware what gdm or kdm was at the time !
Live & learn :-D
I can see many more installations to come, & each piece of info I get, get's saved. Which reminds me, my missuss is getting cheesed of with the computer desk dissappearing under a few tons of notes - She wonders what happened to my 'paperless office'...