shutdown man page on Scientific
shutdown - bring the system down
shutdown [OPTION]... TIME [MESSAGE]
shutdown arranges for the system to be brought down in a safe way. All
logged-in users are notified that the system is going down and, within
the last five minutes of TIME, new logins are prevented.
TIME may have different formats, the most common is simply the word
'now' which will bring the system down immediately. Other valid for‐
mats are +m, where m is the number of minutes to wait until shutting
down and hh:mm which specifies the time on the 24hr clock.
Once TIME has elapsed, shutdown sends a request to the init(8) daemon
to bring the system down into the appropriate runlevel.
This is performed by emitting the runlevel(7) event, which includes the
new runlevel in the RUNLEVEL environment variable as well as the previ‐
ous runlevel (obtained from the environment or from /var/run/utmp) in
the PREVLEVEL variable. An additional INIT_HALT variable may be set,
this will contain the value HALT when bringing the system down for halt
and POWEROFF when bringing the system down for power off.
-r Requests that the system be rebooted after it has been brought
-h Requests that the system be either halted or powered off after
it has been brought down, with the choice as to which left up to
-H Requests that the system be halted after it has been brought
-P Requests that the system be powered off after it has been
-c Cancels a running shutdown. TIME is not specified with this
option, the first argument is MESSAGE.
-k Only send out the warning messages and disable logins, do not
actually bring the system down.
shutdown will read the current runlevel from this environment
variable if set in preference to reading from /var/run/utmp
Where the current runlevel will be read from; this file will
also be updated with the new runlevel.
A new runlevel record will be appended to this file for the new
The Upstart init(8) daemon does not keep track of runlevels itself,
instead they are implemented entirely by its userspace tools.
See runlevel(7) for more details.
Written by Scott James Remnant <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Report bugs at <https://launchpad.net/upstart/+bugs>
Copyright © 2009 Canonical Ltd.
This is free software; see the source for copying conditions. There is
NO warranty; not even for MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR
runlevel(7) init(8) telinit(8) reboot(8)
Upstart 2009-07-09 shutdown(8)
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