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Manual Reference Pages  -  DOWNTIME (1)

NAME

downtime - A GTK-based shutdown manager using shutdown(8)

CONTENTS

Synopsis
Description
Requirements
Usage
Files
License
Contact

SYNOPSIS

downtime [ config-file ]

DESCRIPTION

DownTime is a GTK front-end to the standard UNIX shutdown(8) utility, which must be present in some form on your system for DownTime to function correctly.

Specify a configuration file on the command-line to override the default configuration file location.

REQUIREMENTS

In order to work correctly, DownTime must be able to locate a shutdown(8) binary on the system. If it can’t be found in the usual PATH, DownTime checks for it at "/sbin/shutdown".

Furthermore, users hoping to make use of DownTime must have permission to execute shutdown(8) successfully (i.e., if you can’t do a "shutdown -p now" from a command-line, DownTime isn’t going to work either).

On some systems (such as FreeBSD) the "/sbin/shutdown" binary is setuid root, so a user simply has to have "execute" permissions on the file. A thorough explanation of how this might be accomplished is out of scope here, but "chmod o+rx /sbin/shutdown" might do the trick. Please see the chmod(1) man(1) page for more information.

On the other hand, some other systems (e.g., at least some Linuxes) do not implement such a configuration. Please consult the documentation for your system on how to allow ordinary users to execute shutdown(8) (DownTime has been verified to work under Ubuntu 8.10 using gksudo).

USAGE

The DownTime interface is (hopefully!) highly intuitive and should present no problems for users.

Particular DownTime configurations can be saved to DownTime files. For instance, if shutdowns of 55 minutes (approximately two TV episodes’ length) and two hours (a common movie length) are regularly used, specifications for each can be saved to different DownTime files on the user’s desktop or accessed through panel launchers. DownTime registers a file type association according to the freedesktop.org standards and launching a saved DownTime file will open DownTime with that configuration. If the "Auto run" setting was specified when the file was saved, a shutdown will automatically be started.

Please note that, as shutdown(8) can only specify shutdowns with a granularity of one minute, pausing and resuming a shutdown will round the shutdown timer up to the nearest minute.

FILES

~/.downtime     default location for stored DownTime settings

LICENSE

DownTime is released under a two-clause BSD license. Please check the file "COPYRIGHT" in the root of the DownTime source distribution for a full copy of the license.

CONTACT

Should you wish to contact the DownTime developer(s), please to so via downtime@nickwithers.com

SEE ALSO

chmod(1), shutdown(8)

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DOWNTIME (1) 2010-02-20

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