shutdown -h now -- why leave power on?

Sepherosa Ziehau sepherosa at
Thu Sep 29 20:48:14 PDT 2005

On 9/30/05, David Cuthbert <dacut at xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Something I've always wondered (and been a bit annoyed with)... why does
> "shutdown -h now" respond with:

use "shutdown -p now" instead

>      Shutting down ACPI
>      The operating system has halted.
>      Please press any key to reboot.
> I realise this is a BSDism, but I've never understood the point.  Why
> not keep ACPI running and instruct it to shut down the machine?  Amongst
> other things, it makes it easier to do a remote power cycle with WoL
> (and other situations where you might not necessarily have a keyboard
> attached).

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