[Pkg-xfce-devel] Shutting down without entering password

Yves-Alexis Perez corsac at debian.org
Sat Dec 20 10:35:03 UTC 2008

On sam, 2008-12-20 at 01:21 -0500, Daniel Dickinson wrote:
> Okay, I'm thinking of two tips:
> If you want to shutdown without entering your password and you have
> D-Bus and HAL (most modern desktops do), then add yourself to the
> 'powerdev' group.   
> On Debian this can be accomplished with 
> su -c 'adduser login-namepowerdev' 
> from the terminal (replacing login-name with your user name).
> --
> If you want to shutdown without entering your password and you have
> 'sudo' installed (almost all desktops will), then you need to
> edit /etc/sudoers to contain a line such as the following:
> login-name	ALL=(root) NOPASSWD: /usr/sbin/xfsm-shutdown-helper
> (replacing login-name with your user name).  On Debian this can be
> accomplished typing 'su -c visudo' in the terminal.
> --
> The second one may be different for non-debian systems because the
> readme from upstream says /usr/local/libexec/xfsm-shutdown-helper
> The first one only is correct of other systems also use powerdev
> otherwise it too is debian-specific.

Yeah, I have the same feeling. I don't really know where we are going
with the *kit stuff, but we have a special hal rule to enable powerdev
people to do special stuff, which is not shared by every distribution.

> It might be possible to infer the names of those things from the type
> of system ./configure is running on and the --xx-prefix options given
> If those are too wordy, or too short and can be lengthened without
> being too much for a tip, let me know.  If they're the right length but
> you feel they need work I'll try to improve them.

They seem ok atm. I'll include in the Debian packages, and open an
upstream bug to discuss about it. (especially distribution-specific
issues, to manage to drop then, have generic tips, and still have them

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