On 17 Jul 2003 11:59:18 -0700,
Jason L. , in

+> I would like to know if it's possible at all to setup a user account
+> to shutdown a machine.

Go find sudo:

sudo - execute a command as another user

sudo allows a permitted user to execute a command as the
superuser or another user, as specified in the sudoers
file. The real and effective uid and gid are set to match
those of the target user as specified in the passwd file
(the group vector is also initialized when the target user
is not root). By default, sudo requires that users
authenticate themselves with a password (NOTE: by default
this is the user's password, not the root password).

An inst'able copy can be obtained here:


And the source can be had here:


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