Shutdown pauses when others are connected

Clay Weber claydoh at
Mon Feb 28 12:39:07 UTC 2011

On Monday, February 28, 2011 12:40:13 AM Michael Hirsch wrote:
> On Fri, Feb 25, 2011 at 12:20 PM, Bruce Marshall <bmarsh at> 
> > On Friday, February 25, 2011, Homer wrote:
> >> 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?
> > 
> > Fine, then tell the developers that you need your own version of a
> > single-user linux.   I think you are picking at nits.
> No, he's not.  When a user has a desired behavior to tell that that
> they are wrong is counterproductive.  Just because Linux may be
> potentially multiuser, doesn't mean it is for everyone.  My wife's
> computer is single user, my kids computers are single user.  Even my
> computer is single user, most of the time.
> When I tell my computer to shutdown (usually by hitting CTRL-ATL-DEL
> in KDE then hitting return, that is what I expect it to do.  I don't
> like coming back to it the next evening and discovering that it didn't
> shut down because a) I had lagged in remotely from work, or b) I
> logged in on a VC.
> Apparently some people would like the computer to stay on forever in
> that circumstance.  That is fine with me.  But I know a fairly large
> number of people who would like to set an option to have the machine
> shut down when it is told to.
> This is a pretty common complaint, and I have yet to see an answer to it.
> Michael

Haven't followed this one all the way, but has anyone looked at the options in 
/etc/kde4/kdm/kdmrc? There are a *lot* of well-commented options in 


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