shut down without shutdown

Mike Lovell toelovell at
Fri Nov 9 19:58:40 MST 2007

Andres Gonzalez wrote:
> I am working on a dedicated file server using RAID-1 and mdadm. I want
> to be able to run this box without a monitor and keyboard. Also, it
> will not be running 24/7.
> Is there any clean way to turn off the box without using the normal
> shutdown? Since I will not be using a keyboard/monitor, I need a way
> to power down gracefully at the end of the day without first executing
> the shutdown command with a keyboard.
> I would think that the embedded linux camp would have crossed this
> issue by now.
> I can think of some kludgy ways to do this, but I would rather not
> resort to that.
> Thanks,
> -Andres
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Probably the easiest way to do this is to have ssh running. Then when 
you need to shut the machine down, ssh to it and just issue your choice 
of a shutdown command. When ssh shuts down, it will close your 
connection to it.

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