Shortcut button for shutdown without password?

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Shortcut button for shutdown without password?

Postby ml2 on Thu Dec 27, 2007 11:47 pm

I think it would be great to have a chance to make a shortcut button on the desktop for shutting down the computer. I think Ubuntu 2005 versions still had this option - the button's command was halt. Now it' only possible to make this button with sudo halt, but this requires password.
I mean - shutting down does not require password. Why cannot there be an easier way to shut down - with one button? All applications can be added to desktop or panels, but why not the shutdown button?
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Re: Shortcut button for shutdown without password?

Postby Husse on Fri Dec 28, 2007 6:50 am

Menu > Quit > Shut down
Right?
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Re: Shortcut button for shutdown without password?

Postby mbaker824 on Fri Dec 28, 2007 2:10 pm

ml2 wrote:I think it would be great to have a chance to make a shortcut button on the desktop for shutting down the computer. I think Ubuntu 2005 versions still had this option - the button's command was halt. Now it' only possible to make this button with sudo halt, but this requires password.
I mean - shutting down does not require password. Why cannot there be an easier way to shut down - with one button? All applications can be added to desktop or panels, but why not the shutdown button?


I don't know, off the top of my head, of a way to add a shutdown button to the desktop, but you can certainly add it to the panel. Mint doesn't include it by default as Ubuntu does, but in the Add to Panel dialog, under Desktop & Windows, you'll find a "Quit..." item that does the same thing as the corresponding selection on the System menu.

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Re: Shortcut button for shutdown without password?

Postby ml2 on Sat Dec 29, 2007 12:20 pm

Thank you, but I already knew these options.
I have installed the system for someone whose mind is weaker than most of us have, and for whom a one-button-solution would be easiest to remember, as she quite rarely gets to use a computer and forgets how things need to be done. Just one button on the desktop would be best. And I remembered that when using Ubuntu 5.10, I made this button for myself, because I liked the comfort of it. The command was simply halt (without sudo) and it worked. Now, when I make a button like that, it just doesn't do it.

Another thing that makes it difficult for this person to use LinuxMint is the bad DVD-support (though that might be the same with all Linuxes?). I have so far discovered only one application that does not give the strange error message about "using DVD without libdvdcss" - it's Kaffeine - but this application does not always show subtitles. Which means that different apps need to be used for different DVDs. When inserting a DVD, the system will automatically open the one that I have set to be default, but it will not work every time. Even the praised VLC gave the libdvdcss message. And another thing about DVDs - LinuxMint does not allow you to eject the disc when the application that played it is still open - even after the end of playback.
I'm sure most of use Linux-users would not see these as big problems, but for this person, they are.

Thanks for trying, anyway.

Maybe going back to an older Ubuntu or Mint would do away with some of these issues?
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Re: Shortcut button for shutdown w/o password & Playing DVDs

Postby ChrisChamberlain82 on Sat Feb 15, 2014 8:59 pm

How to send "signal 15" (shutdown command) and, watch dvds on linux mint petra xfce: EASIEST

sudo shutdown -h requires password and there isn't a workaround. (that i know of)
Make "Action Buttons" for panel/deskbar for: lock screen/restart/shut down etc...

Step 1:
>do a search from menu for: power manager
>click it
>find dropdown beside: when the power button is pressed
>select [shutdown]
>Save your work and close any open programs as you are about to shut down your system!
>tap (dont hold) the power button on your pc
>screen will read briefly: caught signal 15, system shutting down
>pc is off
Step 2: (optional)
>purchase a simple economically priced (cheap) keyboard with a power button on it from your local retailer :D

be sure to run sudo apt-get update and sudo apt-get upgrade after installing new hardware on your device! :D

DONE!

I Purchased a wireless logitech k400r from a very popular relailer (has a blue theme with a sunburst in the logo)
it has a pointing device built in! best of all, it has a power button! i plug my netbook into my 36" cathode-ray tube
tv and, use my keyboard like a big remote so, i can surf from my couch and, watch online streaming programs :D

Using vlc media player in mint xfce to play dvds on netbook with external usb powered cd/dvd-rw drive FROM A NOVICE! :D

WATCHING DVDs ON LM XFCE SHOULD NO LONGER BE A PROBLEM!
Step 1:
>do a search from menu for: removable drives and media
>click it
>make sure that you have an x in the box for:
mount removable media when inserted
>click multimedia tab
>enter the following in the command line for vcd/dvd:
>vlc %m
>click close
PROCEED TO STEP 2
Step 2:
>open vlc media player
>click tools
>click preferences
>show settings - click all
>click input/codecs
>scroll to: default devices
>under that you will find dvd device
>change text in field to:
/dev/sr0
>click save

DONE!

INSERT A DVD. WAIT FOR IT TO MOUNT. YOU WILL SEE THE DVD NAME ON YOUR DESKTOP
FOLLOWED BY "_" MOUNTED SUCCESFULLY. VLC WILL APPEAR AND, CUE/PLAY YOUR DVD.
MAKE SURE YOU EJECT THE MEDIA FROM THE RIGHT-CLICK CONTEXT MENU ON YOUR
"_" DVD ICON ON YOUR DESKTOP TO INFORM THE OS OF THE EJECTION! ENJOY YOUR NEW
SENSE OF WORRY-FREE SIMPLICITY! WELCOME TO THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF LINUX! :D

THERE IS A QUITE A GATHERING HERE CONSISTING OF PEOPLE THAT ARE EAGER TO HELP
ONE-ANOTHER! IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, WE ARE ALWAYS HERE TO ASSIST YOU WITH
MAKING THE TRANSITION OVER TO A GREAT OPERATING SYSTEM THAT DOES EVERYTHING
YOU WANT IT TO DO AND, NOTHING YOU DONT. THATS THE BEAUTY OF LINUX FREEDOM! :D

answer entered on 15 feb 2014 at 21:00 hrs cst
Last edited by ChrisChamberlain82 on Sun Mar 02, 2014 2:07 pm, edited 3 times in total.
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Re: Shortcut button for shutdown without password?

Postby Spearmint2 on Sat Feb 15, 2014 11:46 pm

If you are shutting down you will finally be taking your hand off the mouse button, so why not just push the Power button on your keyboard instead? I kept doing that by mistake on mine and ended up pulling the key off to avoid in future, but might be just what you want and need.
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