On Tue, 25 Jan 2000, Kathryn Cassidy wrote:
> 'shutdown -h now' and 'shutdown -r now' give me the
> following message:
>> Broadcast message from root (0) Tue Jan 25 17:15:48
> The system is going down for system halt NOW !!
>> But the machine stays up. If I hit enter again after
> issuing the shutdown command I'm returned to the bash
> prompt. Nothing appears on the monitor attached to the
> linux box either. It appears to be cheerfully ignoring
> my shutdown command.
I used to have this with Linux and I never did solve it. However, some
time ago it started happening on a Solaris box and I investigated it in
greater depth and came up with the answer, which may well be your
problem. When you do a shutdown on Linux you eventually do an init 0 and
init will not change run-level if it has not completed bringing the
machine to the current run-level, so if any of your default run-level's
start scripts don't finish, init 0 won't work. So, you need to look in a
ps output and see if there are any hanging init scripts. If so, establish
why they are hanging. To solve the current problem, you can simply kill
the hanging scripts, and then init should be able to change run-level.
Niall O Broin
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