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Old 06-08-2005, 11:01 AM   #1
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shutting down and rebooting from logout screen

Im ruynning gentoo 2005.0 and i want to know how to be able to shutdown or reboot my computer from the logout screen. The options are there but when i choose them it just takes me to GDM and i have to shut down from there. I assume i need to set some permissions somewhere but im not sure what exactly. Thanks in advance
Old 06-08-2005, 01:37 PM   #2
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My guess is that Gentoo sets it up so that only root can shutdown the machine. It is a security feature. So try is from member sbing in a Slackware FAQ (I edited it to reflect non-slackware-centric principals).

This command requires you to have the "sudo" command. I assume you have it installed:
visudo /etc/sudoers (really, any text editor should work)

Place the following in the file:
yourusername yourhostname = NOPASSWD: /sbin/reboot, /sbin/halt -h now, /sbin/halt

You can now shutdown via sudo without a password.

To enable shutdown/reboot from within gnome (ala the way DL GNOME sets it up):

mkdir /var/run/console
touch /var/run/console/yourusername
chmod +s /sbin/reboot
chmod +s /sbin/halt
Old 06-08-2005, 02:07 PM   #3
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hey i will try this as soon as i can but thanks for the reply i will let you know if it worked.


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