Re: Updating reboot's default

From: Rodney W. Grimes <>
Date: Tue, 21 Jun 2022 16:17:09 UTC
> 15 or 20 years ago, we talked about changing the default for reboot from
> 'right now' to being safe shutdown. There were arguments made against it
> due to tiny appliances and such.
> Time has past, and this oddity has persisted. It's time to revisit that
> decision.
> I'd propose that we keep 'fastboot' and 'fasthalt' having the immediate
> behavior. However, the 'reboot' command will switch from '-q' behavior to
> '-r' behavior.
> I'll update the man page, etc to reflect these new defaults. Most of the
> systems I've been on in the last 10-15 years have had some flavor of 'alias
> reboot reboot -r' in their login scripts and/or made shell scripts that did
> this. This will match what everybody else is doing, and will likely result
> in less astonishment rather than more, even though it changes a
> long-standing default behavior.
> Comments?
> Warner

That isnt a reboot any more, that is a re-root, and I thought
that re-root requires certain other things to be in place for it
to work correctly, or perhaps I am mis-remebering that.  Also doesnt
this preserve a large amount of prior state? 

Rod Grimes