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Old 10-14-2005, 07:15 PM   #1
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letting users halt the system

how do i alow normal users to be able to use the halt and reboot comands?

currently i have to SU to swich the computer off and its anoying, i also dont wnat to let otehr users acsess # but they need to be able to turn the machine off when they are done with it.
and punching the power button untill the machine dies isnt good for the Hard disk!

i woudl like to be able to halt form a user account either form the KDE logout box (like i have seen on some systrems running gnome) or from the command line.

i am using slackware 10.2 with KDE
Old 10-14-2005, 07:34 PM   #2
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I don't know about Slackware, but on my FC4 there is a package called "usermode" or "userhelper" or "consolehelper" or something like that that allows users to poweroff, halt, or reboot.
Old 10-14-2005, 07:42 PM   #3
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You can also create an /etc/shutdown.allow file with a list of users allowed to shut down the system. The shutdown command run from the terminal will honor this file.
Old 10-15-2005, 01:55 AM   #4
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If you want it from the command line then you can press ctrl+alt+del. And for that you have to create /etc/shutdown.allow as btmiller has suggested. Make a entry in /etc/inittab file also, similar to the lines below,
ca::ctrlaltdel:/sbin/shutdown -a -t3 -r now
-a flag tells shutdown to look for the /etc/shutdown.allow file.



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