Gnome shutdown menu

John Conover conover at
Fri Aug 26 09:07:15 UTC 2011

Occasionally, the shutdown pull down menu in Gnome, (in the upper
right corner of the tool bar-the 0 with a vertical line,) is over
written by a second copy of the user's login name, (the Ubuntu One
pull down menu,) which means the user can not log out or shutdown the

Its a Lenovo S-10 netbook running 10.04 LTS.

The user does not, (and can not,) have su/sudo privileges, which means
the computer can not be shutdown via a terminal, and Ctrl-Alt-F* won't
allow a login to shutdown, either, since shutdown(1) requires root
privileges. Additionally, there is no way to redraw the screen to get
access to the shutdown/log out menu.

Is there a solution or work around?




John Conover, conover at,

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