Posts Tagged ‘shutdown’

Check off another annoyance

Saturday, March 28th, 2009

My stationary computer, running Gutsy Gibbon, had since the very beginning had one really annoying oddity going on. Namely that after having pressed the “log off” icon, it would take anywhere from 30 seconds up to 2 minutes until the actual log off dialog, with all the options, would appear.

Having done it once, and chosen cancel instead of logout / whatever, the window would appear within a blink of an eye the next time the log off icon was pressed. Up until this morning I have been lazily just popped up a terminal and entered “sudo shutdown -h now” which works as intended, but this morning was different. It might perhaps be that I am dragging my feet about going to bed, but in any case, my first attempts with Google failed :/

I had a sneaking suspicion that it had something to do with Compiz (since disabling the desktop effects returns control to Gnome and everything works as intended again), so I persisted in my searches. And found this bug report. Now I wasn’t about to change the user and move all my stuff just for this bug, but the last entry, informing that re-enabling power-management in the session should solve the problem, seemed like a more than reasonable thing to try in my (self-inflicted) sleep-deprived state.

Entering the session control I quickly noticed that the power management was indeed disabled, so I enabled it, logged out and logged in again. And as if at the flick of a switch, the logout-dialog appeared instantaneously.