Shutdown pauses when others are connected

Homer fsunoles at
Fri Feb 25 19:08:48 UTC 2011

On Fri, Feb 25, 2011 at 11:02 AM, Bruce Marshall <bmarsh at> wrote:
> On Friday, February 25, 2011, Homer wrote:
>> > But that's a console login, right? Not an SSH session...
>> Right.  As the other person suggested, if while sitting at "A" and
>> logged into "B" I then issue a "shutdown -r now" command, machine B
>> will reboot.  If instead I log in as just described, then walk over to
>> B and shutdown using "K -> Leave -> Restart" I get the message box
>> described in my previous post.
>> I found some discussion on this on the bug lists, but those
>> discussions related to the timing of the message, not how to disable
>> it.  It does seem to be buggish as the message occurs well into the
>> shutdown process, and selecting cancel requires entering the password
>> again.
> So why do you want to negate what is obviously a protection against shutting
> down a machine that has 'users' logged in??
> Linux is, after all, a multi-user system.
> (just think Windows....  "Do you really want to do this??")  Just kidding.

I'm the only user that will ever be on these machines.  Unless I'm no
longer employed here, then the next person will be the only user.  Do
you know how to disable this feature?

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