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Since I upgraded to 11.10, neither the "shutdown" (for shutdown or restart) nor the "logout" options in the upper-right-corner menu work. They simply do nothing.

While waiting for Ubuntu to release a fix, is there something I can do to have them work again?

My current workaround for rebooting or shutting down is to open a terminal and type "shutdown -r now" or "shutdown -h now", which work. Is there a similar workaround for logging out?

Anyway I'm also looking for a real fix that would make the shutdown/logout options in the menu work.

Hibernate and suspend do work, by the way.

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closed as off topic by Marco Ceppi Dec 12 '11 at 15:40

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Quicker commands for shutting down are reboot and poweroff. – Scott Severance Dec 10 '11 at 16:08
Please follow this bug on Launchpad – Marco Ceppi Dec 12 '11 at 15:40
Closed as off-topic? In which way exactly does this not relate to Ubuntu? – Matteo Sisti Sette Dec 15 '11 at 1:32

this also happens to me, here is my bug report of the issue:

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As workarounds for logging out, here are several possible approaches:

  • Go to the keyboard settings and enable Ctrl+Alt+Backspace to kill the X server.
  • Run sudo service lightdm restart
  • Run sudo killall X

Note that--as with your workarounds--these workarounds are risky. They will kill the X server immediately without giving the running programs a chance to ask the user to save. The shutdown and reboot commands you mentioned are marginally safer.

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