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Old 01-30-2008, 03:44 PM   #1
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Wolvix - Shutdown won't work in Fluxbox Session

Since there is not Wolvix subforum I have come here to bug you all. I gave Wolvix a try to get some ideas since I had planned to do a Slackware install setup with Fluxbox as the WM. I liked it so much that I installed it to the HD and I plan to live and learn with it a while before attempting my own install.

For some reason while in a fluxbox session the menu commands to Restart or Shutdown do not work. They won't even ask me for my root pw. I can perform the commands from the Terminal as SU (shutdown -r and shutdown -s iirc), but as a normal user clicking on these menu commands does absolutely nothing. I had copied over my .fluxbox menu config files from root to user assuming it was a result of a poorly generated menu. No dice.

These shutdown options do work from a normal user XFCE session, but I want to use Fluxbox primarily.

Does anyone know what the problem is and have any potential solution? Even if I was prompted for the root pw I'd be happy. Thanks so much.
Old 01-30-2008, 05:14 PM   #2
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Fluxbox doesn't really have a shutdown function, as I recall. (And I cant find anything in the the man page either).
Could you print the shutdown menu item of your .fluxbox/menu file?
Old 01-30-2008, 06:54 PM   #3
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As far as I remember the only menu entry was 'exit' which shutdown the x server. Don't remember an entry to shutdown computer, but it is possible to make one. You will need to use visudo to edit your sudoers file and make an entry like:

%users localhost=/sbin/shutdown -h now


dive ALL = NOPASSWD: /sbin/shutdown -h now

man sudoers
man visudo
Old 01-30-2008, 07:17 PM   #4
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Or, if you don't mind typing root's password every time you shutdown you can create a menu entry with the following command
xterm -e su -c /sbin/shutdown -h now
Old 01-30-2008, 10:09 PM   #5
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Or, you could try adding yourself to power group:

useradd -G power barkinperci


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