Restricting logout options?

Mark Knecht markknecht at
Thu Feb 25 21:18:43 CET 2010

On Thu, Feb 25, 2010 at 12:02 PM, David Mohr <squisher at> wrote:
> 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
> everyone.
> If it still works, make sure that sudo is not also configured to allow logout.
> ~David

Interesting. Thanks David. I'm Gentoo based and it's not installed so
maybe it's getting done differently here, but at least I've got
something to focus on.


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