Add "power off automatically after 60 seconds" countdown to shutdown confirm prompt

Bug #941697 reported by Jeremy Bicha on 2012-02-27
This bug affects 8 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
Ayatana Design
Session Menu
indicator-session (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

The current shutdown prompt solves this use case problem:
1. A user accidentally clicks the Shut Down button in the system menu and needs a way to cancel shutdown.

It would be nice if it solved this problem too:
2. A user clicks Shut Down and expects the computer to do just that without further input.

A user report of that scenario can be found at

GNOME Shell has a very nice feature where after selecting Power Off in the user menu, the confirm dialog starts a 60-second countdown which fixes the problem.

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 12.04
Package: indicator-session 0.3.92-0ubuntu1
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 3.2.0-17.27-generic 3.2.6
Uname: Linux 3.2.0-17-generic x86_64
ApportVersion: 1.93-0ubuntu2
Architecture: amd64
CheckboxSubmission: 201084ed41ea7548f8becd47fa4d1e6c
CheckboxSystem: c541d13ea4f205f2fd751f76ed21105b
Date: Sun Feb 26 19:38:17 2012
SourcePackage: indicator-session
UpgradeStatus: No upgrade log present (probably fresh install)

Jeremy Bicha (jbicha) wrote :
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

Status changed to 'Confirmed' because the bug affects multiple users.

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

If memory serves me right, this actually used to be a feature. Perhaps this is a regression?

Charles Kerr (charlesk) on 2012-03-17
Changed in indicator-session:
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
Changed in indicator-session:
status: New → Incomplete
Changed in indicator-session (Ubuntu):
status: Confirmed → Incomplete
tags: added: needs-design
John Lea (johnlea) wrote :

Closing this bug as invalid, because when the new shutdown dialogues are implemented (see ) the user will always be presented with a second conformation step after clicking on the indicator shutdown option (and there will be no 60 second countdown).

Changed in ayatana-design:
status: New → Invalid
Changed in indicator-session:
status: Incomplete → Invalid
Changed in indicator-session (Ubuntu):
status: Incomplete → Invalid
tags: removed: needs-design
Matthew Paul Thomas (mpt) wrote :

Since that comment doesn't actually address the original request, here's an explanation of why the 60-second countdown is a bad idea. <> In brief, the countdown might be followed by other confirmation alerts, so you can't rely on it to shut down without further input. The biggest step towards fixing that would be to implement session saving, but no-one is organized enough to do that, and it wouldn't entirely solve this particular problem anyway.

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