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Old 08-07-2007, 01:12 AM   #1
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Unable to shutdown - panel applet missing

Hi guys,
I have a big problem with my machine:
A few weeks ago it wouldn't shut down properly (happened a few times), it just hung on the desktop after removing all icons from the desktop and cleaning both panels up (btw, using Gnome).
I had to hold the power button in to shut it down.
Now, I have no shutdown panel applet, and the shutdown item is missing from the system menu - it has been replaced by suspend in both cases.
I had a look over my hard drives, and I found that my FAT32 partition (which I use to transfer files from linux to windows when I use it) has a folder called found.000 which has 4749 files in it - all sorts of files, including shell scripts, images, and everything else as well.
I am assuming that the python script (or whatever the applet consists of) has disappeared into this folder. I have no idea what it would look like, and all the filenames have disappeared - can you please give me a bit of guidance as to what it would look like?
I have even tried reinstalling gnome to see if I could get it back like that, but it doesn't work!
Please help me!
Old 08-07-2007, 01:51 AM   #2
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Have you tried reinstalling gdm (assuming you're using gdm rather than kdm)?
Old 08-23-2007, 07:44 AM   #3
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In gnome I have no experience, although there must be a script somewhere. Sorry I can't help you there but at least in the mean time you can go into the console and type "shutdown -h now" this will at least allow you to shut down safely.
Old 08-24-2007, 01:15 AM   #4
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Originally Posted by jay73 View Post
Have you tried reinstalling gdm (assuming you're using gdm rather than kdm)?
Hi jay,
Sorry I took so long to reply. I sort of forgot about this thread.
I have tried this but it didn't work at all. I think that I might just have to go and reinstall my whole system again (I have had to do this before as well). However, this also means that I have to redownload all the updates. I have made a shortcut on the panel to run the
command, however, this doesn't give me the option of hibernating or restarting or anything like that, which is a bit of a pain in the butt.

ericson, I can do this, but I have to get root privileges first, which is too much hassle - I would rather just use the powerroff command (which I can run as local user).

BTW, I had the same problem recently (system hanging on shutdown) and now I have noticed that the desktop effects item is missing off the menu where it should normally be. Getting very annoying!

I was going to try to install fedora 7 to see if that would replace everything and get it all working again, but when I tried to it just wouldn't get parst the first anaconda is starting up message, after the media test. I think that it might be because it was an i386 dvd installer on an i686 machine, but this shouldn't create this problem! getting very frustrated!
Old 08-24-2007, 09:25 AM   #5
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Yes, you are right, the dvd shouldn't be producing this kind of issue. I'm not sure what it all means. Maybe you have some hardware conflict that was also involved in the disappearance of your GDM??? I would try deleting my original Fedora from a gparted livecd before reinstalling.

Or you can get a livecd (Fedora has one of its own) and check your hardware before going to the trouble of reinstalling. Simply run dmesg from a terminal.
Old 08-25-2007, 05:59 PM   #6
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I had the same symptoms with regard to the system beginning a shutdown, everything being wiped from the desktop except the (blank) top/bottom panels and then the system just sitting there indefinatley. Using Fedora7/Gnome and I would say it happened 9/10 occaisions.
After about a week of this, I did 2 things and haven't seen the issue since, so I don't know which fixed it.
1) I updated the firmware on my DVD drive. Why? Because it seemed to happen after I had been burning DVD's which I had been doing a lot of so it was a long shot.
2) I am using an Nvidia video card. I updated the drivers using the download from the Nvidia site. I didn't seemingly have video card issues before, but I was basically trying anything. Like I said, I did both of them and haven't had the issue again in about 2 weeks.

With regard to you missing your shutdown button, have you tried to login as another user? If it comes back, it maybe a matter of just resetting your profile.
Old 08-28-2007, 04:44 AM   #7
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Had a similar problem with GDM. Just logged out and then in the options, selected shutdown.
Hope this helps.
Old 06-02-2011, 04:23 PM   #8
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I know this is an old thread but I had the same problem and I think this may still be useful to those doing a search for this problem.

I also had only the suspend button available in the system drop down menu. To fix this, from a terminal I ran gdmsetup as root and checked the show actions menu box in the local tab and then ran gdm-restart.

Once i logged in again my shutdown button was where it was before.

Hope this helps

I'm running rhel5 with Gnome

Last edited by hotspur919; 06-02-2011 at 04:28 PM.
Old 07-05-2013, 09:28 AM   #9
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Glad I found the post by hotspur919, gdmsetup solved missing menu options such as shutdown for me in Oracle Linux with Gnome 2.1.16
I didn't seem to need gdm-restart, that seemed to invoke automatically by setup.


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