Log-Off and Shutdown in indicator-session applet are not working

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I just installed Ubuntu 13.10. (No upgrade, fresh installation). Also I installed some regularly programs afterwards and I changed my user password, that´s all.

Than I found out that neither Rhythmbox was starting nor shut-down or log-off in the indicator-session applet on the upper right corner were working. Same problem with commands after pressing ALT + F2. After some researches in the web and some tryouts with my system, I found out that all of these function where working correctly with the guest account or as root.

In my user directory (home) were some directories only accessible as root – I don't know why these permissions were set to root – after changing it back to my user as owner Rhythmbox and all commands started to work well.

But the shut-down or log-off commands in the indicator-session applet are still not working (all other menu items work correctly).

Do you have any idea what the problem might be and how I can fix that. Are there any logs for the indicator-session applet. Do you have an idea where that permission problem might came from?

Thank you



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actionparsnip (andrew-woodhead666) said :

What is the output of:

lsb_release -a; uname -a


Do you run commands like 'sudo gedit' and 'sudo nautilus' by any chance?

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56754868796984835897 (hierstehtnormaleinname) said :


the output is

No LSB modules are available.
Distributor ID: Ubuntu
Description: Ubuntu 13.10
Release: 13.10
Codename: saucy
Linux Laptop 3.11.0-12-generic #19-Ubuntu SMP Wed Oct 9 16:20:46 UTC 2013 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux

Well I did run sudo gedit and sudo nautilus also, but as I remember not before the problem occurred.
I also had problems installing playonlinux (what was the first package I selected after installing ubuntu), I was not able to install it 3 times with the package manager because the installation starting to stuck for some reason, it works than on the 4th attempt with no problems over the terminal with the apt-get command. In the meantime I did the password chance of my user account using the system setting menu of ubuntu.

A well, now I remember! I did run sudo gedit to chance the group loader file to usw elevator deadline and also set noatime and the tmp dir to ram (for SSD usage), but that never has caused any problems on previous ubuntu installations?

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actionparsnip (andrew-woodhead666) said :

Sudo is NOT suitable for GUI applucations. Use gksudo for GUI apps like gedit etc. Sudo is ONLY to be used for command line apps like apt-get and mv and so on and is why some of your files are root-owned.

You arent using your OS correctly.

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56754868796984835897 (hierstehtnormaleinname) said :

actionparsnip, thank you, I already looked it up in the web, because of your commend.
I didn’t know that sudo is messing the system up when I use it with GUI apps and I'm also wondering why this affected directories of the rhymthmbox I never touched with gedit or nautilus.

I will use gksu therefore from now on.

Do you think that this may affected some indicator-session files also – where to I find them in the system properly?

Thank you

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