How can I bring up the shutdown menu of Cinnamon via command line?

Note: I don't want the user menu. This menu for switching or logging out a user is brought up via Ctrl+Alt+Del.

  • Using the tool described in unix.stackexchange.com/questions/111007/… you should be able to mimic a ctrl-alt-del keypress – brm Feb 2 '14 at 7:29
  • @brm That's the point: I don't want the Ctrl+Alt+Del window, since it only shows user related actions like logging off or switching. – Harold L. Brown Feb 2 '14 at 9:22
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    What's wrong with sudo shutdown now? – Mike Waters May 4 '17 at 12:14

I am using Linux Mint Cinnamon 17.2, Rafaela. I have my own keyboard shortcut assigned for the shutdown menu. The keyboard shortcut works perfectly fine on this version. It is the same command as the other answer. The man page for cinnamon-session-quit also has some other options such as --logout for the logout menu.

cinnamon-session-quit --power-off

yep, but

cinnamon-session-quit --power-off

works only from terminal an not from shortcuts (this is still uncertain since I didn't reboot yet)


I am currently using Linux Mint Debian Edition (LMDE) 2 and I can confirm that

cinnamon-session-quit --power-off

can be used as a command in custom shortcuts (System Settings -> Keyboard -> Shortcut -> Custom Shortcuts).

But it should be easier to set the "Shut Down" shortcut (in System Settings -> Keyboard -> Shortcut -> System -> Shut Down)...

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