Shutdown button = Logout (Mint 14 will not shut down)

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Shutdown button = Logout (Mint 14 will not shut down)

Postby BlackFox on Mon Nov 26, 2012 10:16 pm


So I am running Linux Mint 14, Cinnamon, from a USB, with persistence, with the help of Universal-USB-Installer, and when I click on the shutdown button Linux logs out but nothing shuts down. I am able to shutdown via the terminal using

"sudo shutdown -h now" OR "sudo shutdown -P now"

but this is not really an ideal solution

I stumbeled across a solution involving modifying the grub file but I don't think it's the same issue and the solution does not work and returns this error when I try to update-grub "/usr/sbin/grub-probe: error: failed to get canonical path of /cow."

I think this could be a problem with the fact that I'm running Linux off a USB, but I'm disappointed something as basic as shutdown would not work. I'm new to Linux and I'm not even close to actually installing Linux on my laptop yet.

If there is anyone that can provide a solution or point me in the right direction, it would be appreciated

Last edited by BlackFox on Sun Dec 02, 2012 6:10 pm, edited 3 times in total.
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Re: Shutdown button does not work when booting from USB

Postby jasonm on Tue Nov 27, 2012 6:23 pm

I am having similar, but not quite the same issues:

sudo shutdown does not work for me though. It just goes right into a "restart" instead of a "shutdown".
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Re: Shutdown button only logs me out of desktop

Postby BlackFox on Sun Dec 02, 2012 6:08 pm

I tested out several desktop environments and found out that the shutdown button in Mint 14 MATE 64-bi works properly.

Mint 14 Cinnamon 64-bit: Shutdown button only logs out
Mint 14 MATE 64-bit: Shutdown button shuts down properly
Mint 14 Gnome (Classic) 64-bit: Shutdown button only logs out

EDIT: I just discovered that if I login with the username "mint" I am able to shutdown properly with no problems. If I login with my username the shutdown button will log me out but then I can choose the action to shutdown, which works properly. So at least for me this problem seems to have something to due with the user account setup or permissions.

When I booted the live usb for the first time the mint username was the default account and I used to user account menu to create an administrator user account and password. Did I do something wrong? If I am an admin shouldn't I have all the same functionality of the "mint" user.
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