shutdown/reboot suggestion

Sahil Tandon sahil at
Sat Aug 9 21:01:01 UTC 2008

Michael Grant <mgrant at> wrote:

> More than once, through carelessness, and I'm sure I'm not alone, I
> have inadvertently shutdown or rebooted the wrong machine.  I'm sure
> some of you know that all too familiar feeling when you see
> "Connection closed" instead of your desktop being rebooted.
> I have a suggestion with respect to these commands.  What if they
> could be modified to require the hostname of the machine as their
> first argument, otherwise, they refuse to bring the machine down?

Write two scripts that check for those additional arguments and name them 
'shutdown' and 'reboot'.  Then ensure that they exist earlier in your 
PATH than the actual shutdown and reboot binaries.

Sahil Tandon <sahil at>

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