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Re: can't shut down

Kevin C. Smith wrote:
On Mon, Jan 27, 2003 at 09:25:33AM -0400, Douglas Pollard wrote:

I'm a newby to debian linux and feeling pretty dumb. I have managed to partition my hard drive and install Debian but I can't figure out how to get into root in order to shut down my machine. If I am in Gnome how do I close Debian-linux down. If someone would walk me through from Gnome I would be thankful. At the present time I am shuting down with th off button on the front of my machine.

Find "log out", or maybe it's "log off", from one of the gnome menus.
Gnome 2.4 it's on the top by default under "ACIONS".

Gnome then logs out to GDM. Choose shutdown. You will need to know the
root password in Debian to shutdown the machine. This a Debian default
meant to improve security.


i don't consider it a security problem on my workstations to allow non-root users to shutdown from the GDM login screen (wouldn't allow it on a server machine ... but why should there be a gnome/kde/.. running anyway?).

to change the default behaviour, you have to edit /etc/gdm/gdm.conf. the relevant lines are:


after editing the file, login as root (CTRL+ALT+F1 to change to a terminal) and restart GDM:

/etc/init.d/gdm restart


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