shutdown computer after the halt command

Rob Farmer rfarmer at
Tue Feb 8 04:22:20 UTC 2011

On Mon, Feb 7, 2011 at 7:31 PM, John R. Levine <johnl at> wrote:
>> It's quite easy to see you're wrong, just follow the steps I outlined
>> above.  If you are correct, reboot(8) should print things like:
>> Stopping sshd.
>> to the console.
> Sigh.  I shut down my FreeBSD 8.1 laptop all the time with halt -p, and I
> can assure you it prints all those messages.

Well, that's not what everyone else sees.

>> You can also reference init.c if you still think you're correct.
> No thanks, I've already read the man page for init, including this
> paragraph:

That man page hasn't been more than minorly tweaked in over 10 years,
according to cvsweb.

> Perhaps your copy of FreeBSD was installed incorrectly, or it's been
> so long since you tried halt or reboot that you forgot what happened.

Just did - it kills all process and moves to the syncing disks stage.
Nothing rc related is touched.

Rob Farmer

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