Restricting logout options?

David Mohr squisher at
Thu Feb 25 21:02:55 CET 2010

On Thu, Feb 25, 2010 at 12:38 PM, Mark Knecht <markknecht at> wrote:
> Hi,
>   My wife's desktop died and for the short term we decided to move
> her account to my MythTV backend server box. I don't see much problem
> doing this - it's almost done in fact - but one risk is that she or
> the kid will make a mistake logging out where they hit one of the
> shutdown options instead of just logging out. If they make that
> mistake then recordings will get missed or broken up.
>   I'm wondering if there is something in the settings area that would
> allow me to remove everything except a plain log out? The other 4
> (shutdown/restart/suspend/hibernate) are all problematic.

All these options require privileges. Most distros use policykit for
this, so you can edit its configuration to not allow them for

If it still works, make sure that sudo is not also configured to allow logout.


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