Very general shutdown question
skylar at cs.earlham.edu
Sun Feb 6 18:18:22 PST 2005
On Sun, Feb 06, 2005 at 04:46:26PM +0000, Ned Harrison wrote:
> I run FreeBSD 5.3 on my home PC in a stand alone machine as a desktop. Is it
> possible to set it up so an ordinary user can shut the system? I've created
> a couple of accounts that are not in the wheel group so I can give friends
> and house guests the chance to play on a non-Microsoft system. I don't want
> to give them root access just to shut it down.
> None of the books which I have discuss using FreeBSD in this way. They are
> mostly geared to setting up networks running it for businesses. Areas where
> one may not want an ordinary user to be able to shutdown the machine.
> However, I prefer having the machine off when I'm not on it. If it's not
> possible that fine I can continue working around it like I do now.
sudo(8) is a nice general-purpose utility that gives mortal users superuser
access to certain commands. There's a port of it in security/sudo.
-- Skylar Thompson (skylar at cs.earlham.edu)
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