Trivial question on an irritating "feature"

Nikolas Britton nikolas.britton at
Wed Jan 4 03:24:16 PST 2006

On 1/4/06, Leslie Jensen <leslie at> wrote:
> Hi
> I'm using KDE and my problem is that when I want to finish and shutdown
> my PC, I use the little red button "log out" and there is only the
> choice of ending the current session and it only takes me back to the
> log in dialog. I would like to have the reboot and shutdown options as well.
> Any suggestions on how I fix this?

Control Center >> KDE Components >> Session Manager
Control Center >> System Administration >> Login Manager

You need to use KDM for it to work... add the following line to /etc/ttys:
ttyv8 "/usr/local/bin/kdm -nodaemon" xterm on secure

then run (as root): genkdmconf

Then go back into Login Manager and at the bottom you will see
"Administrator Mode", click on it and enter roots password. Now use
Login Manager to configure KDM... Save the settings and then use
"shutdown now" to start KDM.

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