User to run /etc/rc.shutdown -h



  • Hi All !

    I'm pfSense fan !

    Can anybody tell me if a simple user, created with uid >=2000 and 65534 (nobody) gid can run /etc/rc.shutdown -h command to halt psSence.

    It's pretty sure that he cannot I think…

    So, another question; I want to shutdown properly my router in case of power failure and I must do it with a "simple" user via SSH. How can I do that ?
    -Put the user in wheels group ?
    -Install sudo ? (I prefer not do that and let my pfSense as clean as possible...)
    -It's not possible and I must use the root user...

    Thank you for your help !



  • You could use User Manager to create a Group that has the "WebCfg - Diagnostics - Halt System page" permission, and then add your user to that group.  Then he can login to the WebGUI and use the menu to shut down the system.



  • Hello KOM,

    Thank you for your reply.

    Your solution is interesting but, I think it is only to let an human to shutdown the system by the WebGUI.

    In my case, I want to create an automatic shutdown by an SSH process through the network (my router will be shutdown by the command "ssh root@pfsense /etc/shutdown -h" from another machine…)



  • Ah, I didn't know that you were trying to automate it.  I'm not a Linux shell guru, and I don't know how you would get past the login menu that pfsense throws at you.  After login, you still have to select '8' to get to the shell.



  • Yes, if you are logging in an interactive shell…

    But if you send a command by SSH, you are not in an interactive Shell.

    Thank you again.



  • Hello,

    Can somebody help me ?

    Thank you.


  • Rebel Alliance Developer Netgate

    Install the sudo package and grant the user access to use sudo to run that one command.



  • Thank you Jimp