xfsm-shutdown-helper sudo error messages

Brian J. Tarricone bjt23 at cornell.edu
Tue May 24 01:22:31 CEST 2005

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J. Lewis Muir wrote:

> Brian J. Tarricone wrote:

> J. Lewis Muir wrote:
>> I don't want to allow users to shutdown or reboot the computer
>> when they log out of their desktop session.
>> By default, the radio buttons on the logout dialog box are grayed
>> out -- this is the behavior I want. But every time a user logs
>> out I get a syslog entry from sudo saying "command not allowed"
>> where the command is a full path to xfsm-shutdown-helper.
> I believe this is normal. xfce4-session runs this (using sudo) to
> check to see if it should enable the shutdown/reboot radio items.
>> So my guess is that Xfce is invoking this command via sudo. I
>> don't want to add an entry for this to my sudoers file; I don't
>> want to allow users to shutdown or reboot the computer.
> Sure, then don't. Why do you think you need to?
>> I don't want to see the sudo errors in my security log.

Unfortunately, the author of xfce4-session is currently MIA, and I
(and likely the rest of the Xfce devs) don't have the time to get
ourselves up to speed on the xfce4-session codebase.  If it were a
major problem or a security hole, I'd see cause for concern, but "it
annoys me" doesn't really make me care enough to want to try to modify
the behavior here.  If you just can't live with it in there, you can
recompile xfce4-session passing --with-shutdown-style=none to
configure.  I *think* that'll make it stop doing anything along those
lines, but I really don't know.


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