Before I upgraded to 10.04 last spring, I remember having a timer counting down from 60 after clicking the shutdown button. This gave me a 60 second time frame to interrupt the shutdown in case I forgot to do something.

Since the upgrade this is gone and my system shuts down immediately when I click the button. Anyone who knows how to re-enable the timer?


The timer is no longer an option. The rationale for the removal:

Yes, this is by design. Basically, if the dialogs come up fast enough it doesn't really make a whole lot of sense to have them count down as well. People will see and respond to them. Thanks for noticing.

Source: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/indicator-session/+bug/548415

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  • So basically the developers decided to just remove a functionality instead of adding the possibility to disable it with setup? That doesn't sound very logical. Does it? I think the scenario I described above is a good reason to keep that functionality available. – W. Goeman Oct 28 '10 at 19:00
  • @KingWilliam I agree and so do a lot of other people. – Isaiah Oct 28 '10 at 19:05

You can't re-enable the timer, but you can have a shutdown confirmation dialog.

This is configured with the /apps/indicator-session/suppress_logout_restart_shutdown key in GConf.

You can start GConf Editor by launching the Run dialog (Alt+F2) and typing gconf-editor and then executing it.

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  • I already have the confirmation dialog ;) – W. Goeman Oct 28 '10 at 19:02

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