How to reboot from start scripts?

Josef Wolf jw at
Wed Sep 12 15:42:21 UTC 2007

On Wed, Sep 12, 2007 at 09:37:29AM -0500, glenn opdycke-hansen wrote:
> Another option (to reboot) is to Ctl-Alt-Backspace to shut down XWindows.
> Than should bring up a logon screen where you can select reboot.

I just tried and noticed that ctrl-alt-backspace is even worse:

I forced /etc/init.d/ to notice a problem on the root partition
and throw me into a root shell to fix that problem.  From that shell,
I pressed C-A-D.  See what happened:

The boot seems to continue and finally X11 is started up.  I switch
back to vterm1 with CTRL-ALT-F1 and see the login prompt.  But when I
try to login on vterm1, I notice that the root shell is still running
and tries to execute my login name as a command!  That means that login
and shell were racing for terminal input from vterm1.

Next, I pressed CTRL-D several times to get rid of the shell.  Surprise:
as soon as the shell exits, fsck on the remaining disks start to run!

That means, ctrl-alt-del started up into multiuser mode while not even
all filesystems were checked/mounted.  I consider this to be a very
strange behavior which is far from what I would have expected.

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