Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 460405
the shutdown program regressed in features
Last modified: 2014-06-18 04:46:26 EDT
Description of problem:
prior to F9; the shutdown program had an option to shut down immediately, bypassing the shutdown scripts etc. This feature was extremely useful for kernel developers (you can reboot machines even after they oopsed somewhere) and generally was useful for recovering cases where something was wrong (say a stuck NFS server) that would cause shutdown scripts to be problematic.
unfortunately, F9 shutdown cannot do this anymore.....
reboot -f/halt -f still work; I suppose it just needs the code in shutdown to directly call that if that's passed.
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What was the option to do this?
-n [DEPRECATED] Don’t call init(8) to do the shutdown but do it ourself.
The use of this option is discouraged, and its results are not always
what you’d expect.
That doesn't sound like what's described above. Nor does it make a convincing argument for carrying it forward.
It is the option for shutdown bypassing the halt scripts. Despite the deprecation notice:
- it's been there since the dawn of time
- all it does is call reboot -f/halt -f. Which aren't deprecated.
Scott isn't going to take the patch. This is either going to be a permanent patch in our package or we're going to have to address this later when we "deprecate" it.
I'm not up for either.