After upgrading from 6.2 to 7, running "shutdown -h now" no longer shuts
down the machine and powers down the machine. It just shuts down and I
have to manually power down.
I checked /etc/rc.d/init.d/halt and found that at the end of the file halt
is only given the -p option (necessary to powerdown the machine) if the
following is true:
[ -f /poweroff -o ! -f /halt ]
I added an "ls /" command before that line to see what files were in my
root directory at the time of shutdown and I found that /powerdown didn't
exist but /halt did exist. I assume "/halt" was created temporarily by
Is this a change in behavior? Do I have to create /powerdown if I want
shutdown to also powerdown the machine?
In any case, commenting out the final conditional, so that -p was always
added as an option, solved my problem.
I believe running 'poweroff' will do what you want.
So I guess:
"shutdown -h now" ==> "/sbin/powerdown"
"shutdown -r now" ==> "/sbin/reboot"
halt but no powerdown ==> "/sbin/halt"
Does this change have to be documented anywhere?