Very general shutdown question

Skylar Thompson skylar at
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
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