Bug#794794: shutdown confirmation too aggressive

Daniel Pocock daniel at pocock.pro
Thu Aug 6 17:17:02 UTC 2015

Package: gnome-shell
Version: 3.14.4-1~deb8u1
Severity: important

I feel the shutdown confirmation procedure is a bit aggressive, in other
words, it may lead to unintended shutdown

First of all, the shutdown control is right beside the screen lock
control and somebody going to click the screen lock may erroneously
click the shutdown button and walk away from their computer thinking it
is just going to lock

In fact, rather than locking, there is a delay of 1 or 2 seconds and
then the shutdown confirmation window appears.  Because the window
doesn't appear for a couple of seconds, somebody who is in a hurry may
have already started walking away thinking they locked the screen

The shutdown window has a 60 second timer and then it automatically
shuts down without further confirmation from the user.  It may be
preferable not to have the timer and require an explicit click to confirm.

As a workaround, it is possible to change the permissions so only root
can shutdown and everybody else must use sudo

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