Member of group wheel, but still can't shutdown system?

backyard backyard1454-bsd at
Thu Oct 5 11:02:19 PDT 2006

--- Jerry Bell <jbell at> wrote:

> You need to be in the wheel group to be able to SU
> to root, but that won't
> give you permission to run shutdown.  Only root can
> do that, I believe.

or members of group operator. having to be root or
su/sudoing is only an affliction of linux. only root
can run reboot however, but the is generally frounded
upon; running shutdown -r ensures a clean reboot. as a
security side note the members of operator also get
raw access to drives and tapes so they can run dumps
of the system...


> > Hi All,
> >
> > I've just installed FreeBSD 6.1 and listed myself
> as a member of the wheel
> > group during the add users portion of the
> installation.  For some reason I
> > have not put a finger on yet I cannot shutdown the
> system "do not have
> > permission" to effect the command.  Went back as
> root on a later session
> > and
> > re-entered my name in /etc/group to the wheel
> account to no avail, anybody
> > got an idea as to where I need to look?
> >
> > Thanks,
> > Tommy2
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