cannot select "shutdown" or "restart" from live session

Bug #661250 reported by Sam Spilsbury on 2010-10-15
This bug affects 2 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
indicator-session (Ubuntu)
policykit (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Binary package hint: indicator-applet

It looks like the live session user is not given the correct privileges to shut down or restart the computer by policykit. As such, the "shutdown" and "restart" buttons can't be selected from the indicator-applet-session during a live session.

Description: Ubuntu maverick (development branch)
Release: 10.10

Omer Akram (om26er) on 2011-01-08
affects: indicator-applet (Ubuntu) → indicator-session (Ubuntu)

I have this problem on the Natty i386 live CD (most recently tested with daily-live natty-desktop-i386.iso, 25-Mar-2011, md5sum cc56ab0dbbfd8c3acd2d0d73e8f2b2bb) which runs indicator-session 0.2.15-0ubuntu1, but only after performing an installation. Before running Ubiquity, the Indicator Session menu has all the normal options in it (logging out, shutting down, restarting), and they all work fine. But after I install (and then select the option to continue testing rather than restarting immediately), the Indicator Session menu only contains Suspend. Since this happens after I run Ubiquity, perhaps it's worth mentioning that the ubiquity package version is 2.5.29. Please note, however, that I have been experiencing this for quite some time (months, or perhaps always but I never noticed until a few months ago), I've just never gotten around to reporting it until now.

When I restart and boot from the installed system, I do not ever experience this problem. It only occurs with the live CD.

I'm not sure if what I'm experiencing is the same as this bug. In particular:

(1) The Indicator Session menu works normally if I don't run the installer. But once I've installed with Ubiquity, then this problem occurs. Is that the case, in this bug?

(2) When I click on the Indicator Session menu, I *only* see the Suspend option. It's not that the other options are there but fail, or that they're there but grayed out. They're not there at all. Is that the case, in this bug?

(3) I'm perfectly *able* to log out, restart, or shut down the computer, without elevating my privileges to root with sudo or a similar mechanism. For example, I can run the command "/usr/lib/indicator-session/gtk-logout-helper --shutdown" (without the quotes), and that will raise a message box asking if I want to shut down the computer. If I say yes, it shuts down successfully. Is that the case, in this bug?

Please let me know, so that I know if I should continue indicating that this bug affects me (and perhaps attach some additional information), or if I should stop indicating that it affects me and instead file a new bug report.

(By the way, in case it's relevant, the machine on which I am testing this is a 32-bit VMware Workstation 7.1.3 build-324285 virtual machine, and the host machine runs Maverick amd64. Since I'm running from the live CD, I haven't installed VMware Tools, but this problem does not occur on an installed Ubuntu system in a VMware virtual machine without VMware Tools installed. While VMware Tools is not installed, the live CD does ship with and run the video and mouse integration guest drivers; specifically, xserver-xorg-video-vmware 1:11.0.3-1ubuntu3 and xserver-xorg-input-vmmouse 1:

tags: added: i386 maverick natty

This appears to have been fixed in Oneiric. I just tested with the Oneiric i386 20110606 daily-live, and after I installed with Ubiquity and then indicated that I wanted to continue testing, when I checked to see if Restart... and Shut Down... appeared in the indicator session menu, they were there.

I just tested with the Oneiric i386 20110617 daily-live (on a VMware Workstation 7.1.4 build-385536 virtual machine), and now this bug does occur (and exactly as described in That is, in Oneiric, only Suspend (and not Log Out, Restart, or Shut Down) is present in the indicator-session menu after completing an installation with Ubiquity, but gtk-logout-helper still works (including for shutting down) when invoked manually.

@Sam "SmSpillaz" Spilsbury
Can you confirm this on Oneiric (and also answer my clarification questions in

tags: added: oneiric
Bilal Akhtar (bilalakhtar) wrote :

I didn't have this problem with Oneiric. Can you reproduce this with Precise?

Changed in indicator-session (Ubuntu):
status: New → Incomplete
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