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safe? my linux machine still works, so i guess so...(I have no clue, but it works without error, and displays [OK] and [FAIL] when closing services, and shutdown has too many extensions that I can't figure out and use)
It should poweroff the computer just as if you did it form within X, unlike halt that will only do that: halt the system without powering it off (I've noticed it depends on your hardware and mother board configurations, but shutdown -h now works for me at least!)
So thats how it works....why does the man page have to be so formal and confusing??? If only it had something like: "For average people who want to shutdown normally, type: ...." that would be so much easier.
Originally posted by jqcaducifer So thats how it works....why does the man page have to be so formal and confusing??? If only it had something like: "For average people who want to shutdown normally, type: ...." that would be so much easier.
just because you say this i am going to quote a comment in a Linux Unleashed book i own (its old packed with slack 3.0 )
The man page for passwd is actually quite understandable. Be warned, however, that man pages are often written in a very formal and stylized way that sometimes bears little resemblance to English. This is done not to baffle people, but to cram a great detail of information into as short a description as possible.
For example, try man ls. Notice how many options are available for ls and how long it takes to explain them.
Although it can take practice (and careful reading!) to understand the man pages, once you get used to them, the first thing you'll do when you encounter a strange command is call up the man page for that command
so theres one of many explanations for why they are the way they are