Re: Session Management Proposal

On Sun, 2003-12-28 at 20:54, Ray Strode wrote:
> Hi,
> Mark Finlay wrote:
> >I would just like to draw attention to the following bug
> >because AFAIK it was problematical due to the limitiation of the XSMP
> >spec and so might be relevant:
> >
> >
> >
> >  
> >
> Okay, so I've added a section to attempt to cover the problem mentioned 
> in the bug.
> One thing that doesn't get handled is the fact that on some systems the 
> session manager
> may not have sufficient rights to perform shutdowns or reboots.  Would 
> it be a good idea
> to add a mechanism for clients to be able to ask the session manager if 
> it is capable of
> rebooting or shutting down?

I hope that any changes that will let users shutdown and/or reboot a
computer from within their session comes with the provision for the
system administrator to disable this so that there are no reboot and/or
restart and/or shutdown menu items visible to the user.

I can not perceive of any reason why a _user_ should be able to reboot
or shutdown a computer. There are many occasions were this is definitely
not desired.


Prof. Dr. Andreas J. Guelzow
Dept. of Mathematical & Computing Sciences
Concordia University College of Alberta

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