Very general shutdown question

Anish Mistry mistry.7 at
Sun Feb 6 19:24:28 PST 2005

On Sunday 06 February 2005 11:46 am, 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.
The easiest way I've found to do this is assuming you have X installed and are 
using a login manager ie. KDM/GDM/ just use the shutdown 
functionality of the login manager to shutdown the system.  The most fool 
proof way if you've got ACPI on this system it to just tap the power button 
and it'll shutdown.

Anish Mistry
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