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Thread: Openbox Menu -- Can't shutdown or restart

  1. #1
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    Oct 2012

    Openbox Menu -- Can't shutdown or restart

    I've recently installed Ubuntu's mini.iso with Openbox and Simple Login Manager, on an Acer Aspire One netbook. I want to be able to shutdown and restart from the Openbox menu, but I can't get it to work. There are a number of threads with solutions here on the Ubuntu Forums, but none of them has worked for me.

    Here is the XML I have in my 'menu.rc' file:

    <item label="Restart">
        <action name="Execute"> 
           <prompt>Are you sure you want to Restart?</prompt> 
           <command>sudo shutdown -r now</command>
      </item>  <item label="Shutdown">
        <action name="Execute">
        <prompt>Are you sure you want to Shutdown?</prompt> 
           <execute>sudo shutdown -h now</execute>
    In place of the command 'sudo shutdown -h now', I have used 'sudo /sbin/shutdown -h now', 'sudo /sbin/halt', 'gksu shutdown -h now', 'x-terminal-emulator -t sudo shutdown -h now', and even 'x-terminal-emulator -t shutdown -h now'. Nothing works.

    My visudo file looks like this:
    # User privilege specification
    root	ALL=(ALL:ALL) ALL
    %shutdown ALL=(root)NOPASSWD: /sbin/reboot
    %shutdown ALL=(root)NOPASSWD: /sbin/halt
    %shutdown ALL=(root)NOPASSWD: /sbin/shutdown
    %admin ALL=(ALL)ALL
    %admin ALL=NOPASSWD: /sbin/reboot, /sbin/halt, /sbin/shutdown
    # Members of the admin group may gain root privileges
    %admin ALL=(ALL) ALL
    # Allow members of group sudo to execute any command
    %sudo	ALL=(ALL:ALL) ALL
    Any help anyone could give me would be appreciated.

    Chris Adams.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2012

    [SOLVED] Re: Openbox Menu -- Can't shutdown or restart

    If anyone is searching for the solution to this problem, here it is (from 'Nelz' a moderator on the 'Linux Format' forum):
    "I susepct that sudo wants a password but doesn't have a terminal to ask for it. You could try gksudo instead, or use visudo to edit /etc/sudoers to allow /sbin/shutdown to be run without a password.
    Then add
    yourusername ALL = NOPASSWD: /sbin/shutdown
    (Thanks again, Nelz! -C.A.)

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