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Old 08-23-2003, 03:29 PM   #1
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Normal User Restart and Shutdown

When I log in as root I noticed that I can restart and shutdown through gnome. How can I set it up so a normal user can restart and shutdown?
Old 08-23-2003, 03:35 PM   #2
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Look into sudo, it lets a user run a command as root.:

man sudo.

What you should do is put an entry in the /etc/sudoers file like this:


or not necessarily all, if that's not what you want [you can set up a command alias], although the nopasswd option is useful. Then, the user can:

sudo /sbin/shutdown -h now

or whatever. You could set up a script to do this if you don't want to type it every time.

Of course, the other option would be to chmod 777 the /sbin/shutdown script, and then you could just run
/sbin/shutdown -h now, without all the sudo hassle. However, this does pose security risks, and is not the correct solution if you only want to enable this access to one user.

Last edited by andrewlkho; 08-23-2003 at 03:37 PM.
Old 08-23-2003, 06:47 PM   #3
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You could also create a shutdown group and add the users you want to that and assign ownership of /sbin/shutdown to the shutdown group.

man group
man groupadd
man chgrp


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