Shutdown button broken on karmic

Paul Gear paul at
Tue Nov 3 21:43:27 GMT 2009

Hi folks,

I upgraded my kids desktop to karmic over the weekend, and i'm really
not happy with what they've done with the power button.

I know how strange this sounds coming from a 15-year Linux user, but i
really want the power button to act just like it does on Windows XP.  In
XP, unless two or more persons are logged into the computer, the power
button shuts the machine down as fast as possible with no confirmation. 
On intrepid and earlier, this worked the same.  On jaunty, they took
away the ability to do this while anyone was logged in, but it still
worked from the login prompt (gdm).  Now, on karmic, it does absolutely
nothing, whether you're logged in or not.  I want the old XP-style
behaviour back - how can i do that?

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