How do I allow shutdown for normal users in xfce?
Currently, the log-out/restart/shutdown box only allows the log-out option, and having to switch to the console, logging in as root and shutting down from there is always a bit annoying.
The xfce wiki offers a number of different solutions. The one I prefer uses hal and dbus.
Step 1: Find out how the user group for all things power is called in your distribution. Quoting the wiki:
Your /etc/dbus-1/system.d/hal.conf should contain a section similar to this:
Here, the user group is called power. On my debian installation, I found it is called powerdev.
Step 2: Again, from the wiki:
Add the user to the power group (root):
When you logout and login again, the shutdown and restart buttons should be sensitive. Note: Reboot or restart of the deamons required; just logging out to the xdm login screen is not sufficient.
Just as zebonaut said, most Linux distributions should ship a group called
Note that to see the changes take effect, you may need to log out and log in again. Group permissions are usually applied at login time.
Adding users to these groups will allow them to perform the shutdown action.