Can't restart/shutdown from the panel icons, logged out instead

Daniel González Gasull gasull at
Sat Mar 22 19:31:13 CET 2014

Checking my IRC logs, it seems my problems started on Sat March 8, or maybe
the day before and I didn't notice.

I'm looking at /var/log/dpkg.log and there is a lot of stuff there from
those 2 days.  How to know where to look at?

I have etckeeper installed.  These are the commit changes in March 8 before
I asked on IRC for the first time.  Is it maybe something from

    Package changes:
    -gir1.2-freedesktop 1.36.0-2+b1
    +gir1.2-freedesktop 1.38.0-2
    -gir1.2-glib-2.0 1.36.0-2+b1
    +gir1.2-glib-2.0 1.38.0-2
    -init-system-helpers 1.14
    +init-system-helpers 1.18
    -libaudit-common 1:2.3.3-4
    -libaudit1 1:2.3.3-4
    +libaudit-common 1:2.3.4-1
    +libaudit1 1:2.3.4-1
    -libgirepository-1.0-1 1.36.0-2+b1
    +libgirepository-1.0-1 1.38.0-2
    -lightdm-gtk-greeter 1.6.1-5
    +lightdm-gtk-greeter 1.8.2-1

diff --git a/lightdm/lightdm-gtk-greeter.conf
index cc52e84..effff1a 100644
--- a/lightdm/lightdm-gtk-greeter.conf
+++ b/lightdm/lightdm-gtk-greeter.conf
@@ -7,12 +7,14 @@
 # xft-dpi = Resolution for Xft in dots per inch (e.g. 96)
 # xft-hintstyle = What degree of hinting to use (none, slight, medium, or
 # xft-rgba = Type of subpixel antialiasing (none, rgb, bgr, vrgb or vbgr)
-# show-language-selector (true or false)
-# show-indicators = semi-colon ";" separated list of allowed indicator
modules (e.g.
+# show-indicators = semi-colon ";" separated list of allowed indicator
modules. Built-in indicators include "~a11y", "~language", "~session",
"~power". Unity indicators can be represented b
 # show-clock (true or false)
 # clock-format = strftime-format string, e.g. %H:%M
 # keyboard = command to launch on-screen keyboard
+# position = main window position: x y
+# default-user-image = Image used as default user icon, path or #icon-name
+# screensaver-timeout = Timeout (in seconds) until the screen blanks when
the greeter is called as lockscreen
@@ -22,8 +24,9 @@ xft-antialias=true

There's also another commit in my etckeeper on March 8 prior to the above
one, but it only updates /etc/NetworkManager/system-connections/ and

What is possibly wrong here?


On Sat, Mar 22, 2014 at 10:16 AM, wes_catfish at <
wes_catfish at> wrote:

> My suggestion is to look at your update history to see what was updated
> (or installed) "about a week ago." Look, also, at any
> configuration/settings changes you made at that time. Discounting a
> hardware issue, something was changed to cause this change in behavior.
> Sent from Yahoo Mail on Android<>
>  ------------------------------
> * From: * Daniel González Gasull <gasull at>;
> * To: * Xfce general discussion list <xfce at>;
> * Subject: * Can't restart/shutdown from the panel icons, logged out
> instead
> * Sent: * Sat, Mar 22, 2014 4:02:28 PM
>   Hi.
> About a week ago the icons for restart and shutdown in the panel
> stopped working properly and when I click on them I still get the
> popup window "Are you sure you want to restart?  Restarting in 30
> seconds".  But when the time goes out, or if I click on the OK button,
> I get logged out of my Xfce session instead, into the LightDM screen.
> Strangely suspend works fine.
> Someone on the #xfce IRC channel suggested it could be a problem with
> polkit, but I haven't found anything in my research.
> I log into my session automatically, since I have autologin-user and
> autologin-user-timeout set in my /etc/lightdm/lightdm.conf.  But
> unsetting them didn't have any effect.
> I am using Debian Testing.
> How can I fix this?
> Does anybody know at least how to see logs of exactly what happens
> when I click on the restart or shutdown buttons?
> Thank you in advance.
> --
> Daniel González Gasull
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Daniel González Gasull
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