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SHUTDOWN(8)		  BSD System Manager's Manual		   SHUTDOWN(8)

NAME
     shutdown -- close down the	system at a given time

SYNOPSIS
     shutdown [-Ddfhknprvxz] [-b bootstr] time [message	... | -]

DESCRIPTION
     shutdown provides an automated shutdown procedure for super-users to
     nicely notify users when the system is shutting down, saving them from
     system administrators, hackers, and gurus,	who would otherwise not	bother
     with such niceties.

     Available friendlinesses:

     -b	bootstr
	      The given	bootstr	is passed to reboot(8) for the benefit of
	      those systems that can pass boot arguments to the	firmware.
	      Currently, this only affects sun3	and sparc machines.

     -d	      shutdown will pass the -d	flag to	reboot(8) or halt(8) to	re-
	      quest a kernel core dump.	 If neither the	-h or -r flags are
	      specified, then -d also implies -r.

     -f	      shutdown arranges, in the	manner of fastboot(8), for the file
	      systems not to be	checked	on reboot.

     -h	      The system is halted at the specified time, using	halt(8).

     -k	      Kick everybody off.  The -k option does not actually halt	the
	      system, but leaves the system multi-user with logins disabled
	      (for all but super-user).

     -n	      Prevent the normal sync(2) before	stopping.

     -p	      The system is powered down at the	specified time,	using
	      poweroff(8).  If the powerdown fails, or the system does not
	      support software powerdown, the system will simply halt instead.

     -r	      The system is rebooted at	the specified time, using reboot(8).

     -v	      To enable	verbose	messages on the	console, pass -v to reboot(8)
	      or halt(8).

     -x	      To enable	debugging messages on the console, pass	-x to
	      reboot(8)	or halt(8).

     -z	      To silence some shutdown messages	on the console,	pass -z	to
	      reboot(8)	or halt(8).

     -D	      Prevents shutdown	from detaching from the	tty with fork(2)/
	      exit(3).

     time     Time is the time at which	shutdown will bring the	system down
	      and may be the word now or a future time in one of two formats:
	      +number, or [[[[[cc]yy]mm]dd]hh]mm, where	the century, year,
	      month, day, and hour may be defaulted to the current system val-
	      ues.  The	first form brings the system down number minutes from
	      the current time;	the second brings the system down at the abso-
	      lute time	specified.  If the century is not specified, it	de-
	      faults to	1900 for years between 69 and 99, or 2000 for years
	      between 0	and 68.	 A leading zero	in the "yy" value is not op-
	      tional.

     message ...
	      Any other	arguments comprise the warning message that is broad-
	      cast to users currently logged into the system.

     -	      If - is supplied as the only argument after the time, the	warn-
	      ing message is read from the standard input.

BEHAVIOR
     At	intervals, becoming more frequent as apocalypse	approaches and start-
     ing at ten	hours before shutdown, warning messages	are displayed on the
     terminals of all users logged in.	Five minutes before shutdown, or imme-
     diately if	shutdown is in less than 5 minutes, logins are disabled	by
     creating /etc/nologin and copying the warning message there.  If this
     file exists when a	user attempts to log in, login(1) prints its contents
     and exits.	 The file is removed just before shutdown exits.

     At	shutdown time, a message is written in the system log containing the
     time of shutdown, who initiated the shutdown, and the reason.  Next a
     message is	printed	announcing the start of	the system shutdown hooks.
     Then the shutdown hooks in	/etc/rc.shutdown are run, and a	message	is
     printed indicating	that they have completed.  After a short delay,
     shutdown runs halt(8) or reboot(8), or sends a terminate signal to
     init(8) to	bring the system down to single-user mode, depending on	the
     choice of options.

     The time of the shutdown and the warning message are placed in
     /etc/nologin and should be	used to	tell the users why the system is going
     down, when	it will	be back	up, and	to share any other pertinent informa-
     tion.

FILES
     /etc/nologin      tells login(1) not to let anyone	log in
     /fastboot	       tells rc(8) not to run fsck(8) when rebooting
     /etc/rc.shutdown  System shutdown commands

SEE ALSO
     login(1), wall(1),	fastboot(8), halt(8), init(8), poweroff(8), reboot(8),
     rescue(8)

BACKWARD COMPATIBILITY
     The hours and minutes in the second time format may be separated by a
     colon (``:'') for backward	compatibility.

HISTORY
     The shutdown command appeared in 4.0BSD.

BSD				October	4, 2011				   BSD

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