[mythtv-users] Powering off computer as non-root

Nick newsgroups at 2thebatcave.com
Mon Dec 26 21:03:37 EST 2005

some distros have a prog called consolehelper or something like that that
may help.  if you don't mind all users having the ability to reboot/halt
the box you can just do chown +s /sbin/halt or whatever you are calling
(/sbin/reboot is generally a symlink to halt).

then of course /sbin isn't usually in a user's PATH, so you will need to
modify PATH or just specify the full path when using the command (e.g. run
/sbin/reboot instead of just "reboot").

> Hello all,
> Mythfrontend is set to turn off my computer using the command "halt".
> Mythfrontend is run as an non-root user - in this case user "piers" - so
> when I try to exit MythTV, and I select "Yes, exit and shutdown" - it
> jsut says "Command not found".  Obviously this command isn't available
> to non-root users.  So how do I enable the user "piers" to be able to
> shut down the computer without opening up too many obvious security holes?
> Thanks very much for your help in advance
> Regards - Piers
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