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How can I automatically shutdown the system after a certain customizable time?

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Open a terminal window and type in:

shutdown -h +60

and just replace 60 with whatever number of minutes you want to take.

More info here:

http://ubuntuforums.org/archive/index.php/t-473173.html http://www.linux.org/lessons/beginner/l5/lesson5a.html

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The -P parameter (power off) seems to be a good idea too. –  htorque Jan 2 '11 at 23:28
shutdown +m 60 doesn't work for me. gives me an error message and says that there's an invalid time value. –  NES Jan 3 '11 at 14:26
I thought it was odd... it shouldn't be "+m 60", it should be "+60" (or maybe more like "-h +60". The bottom of this page seems to know how it works: linux.org/lessons/beginner/l5/lesson5a.html. –  Daniel Jan 3 '11 at 19:04
"shutdown -P 1" - works well and shuts down the system in 1 minute, no time unit needed. –  n3rd Aug 2 '11 at 12:01
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  • You can use gshutdown Install gshutdown
  • After installation it can be found under Applications → Accessories → GShutdown alt text
  • Also have a look at this method.
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Can anyone say me why they down vote? –  karthick87 Jan 3 '11 at 6:11
i didn't down vote. But Gshutdown doesn't work smoothly here. When i choose shutdown it insteads log the user out? –  NES Jan 3 '11 at 14:45
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