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Rebooting a Linux server

by Darrell Kingsley last modified Mar 13, 2014 02:04 PM
Here's how to restart a box remotely

The most useful command is


  shutdown -r now

 This reboots the system with immediate effect.

On bb3 /sbin isn't yet in the path, so it's

/sbin/shutdown -r now


  shutdown -rF now

 The "F" forces the server to run FSCK (disk checking utility) on startup. This can take several hours.


  shutdown -rf now

The lower case "f" forces the server NOT to run FSCK (it normally does on startup) so it's a fast boot.


  man shutdown

for more.