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Bug 74163 - RFE: gdmgreeter needs a shutdown option
RFE: gdmgreeter needs a shutdown option
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: gdm (Show other bugs)
All Linux
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Assigned To: Havoc Pennington
Mike McLean
: FutureFeature, MoveUpstream, Triaged
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Reported: 2002-09-17 00:53 EDT by R P Herrold
Modified: 2007-04-18 12:46 EDT (History)
1 user (show)

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Last Closed: 2003-01-12 21:15:10 EST
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Description R P Herrold 2002-09-17 00:53:30 EDT
[root@couch gdm-]# rpm -q gdm

post null testing ...

I may have this set entirely wrong, but see:


which is a response to getting GDM compiling local XDMCP traffic and offered
Server hosts.

The two paths to authentication are gdmgreeter (for local host connections), and
gdmlogin (for remote ones).  gdm itself can manage shutdown as well ...

Problem:  There is no filesystem safe way for gdmgreeter to halt (shutdown) the
server host.  The end user has to log in, and sudo or su to root, and execute a
halt. -- not something most admins want to allow an unrestricted right to end
users to do.

It seems that /etc/X11/gdm/gdm.conf needs an option stanza for the gdm daemon
host selection panel to offer a Shutdown (possibly only for authorized users),
or for gdmgreeter to add a shutdown option -- here, permitting authentication
against the PAM handled passwd/shadow file, and being a better way to handle the

For some reason (probably simply historical), it is present with gdmlogin
already ...
Comment 1 R P Herrold 2002-10-28 16:14:53 EST
Change to RHL 8.0 as shipped

Very peculiar -- sometimes the gdm authentication windows HAS the shutdown link,
and other times it does not.  Is there a path being taken, as to the variable
being sourced differentailly somehow, as to wheter to display the Shutdown option?
Comment 2 Havoc Pennington 2003-01-12 21:15:10 EST
Moved to http://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=103253

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