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Old 07-21-2001, 06:11 PM   #1
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Question shutdown command not found

First off, I'd like to thank this place for helping me fix the linuxconf problem with RedHat 7.1 - I got that info from reading past threads.

So now that I got linuxconf up and running, I messed around with permissions a bit, and now any shutdown command gives me the following message: "bash: shutdown: command not found."

It doesn't matter what user I'm logged in as. I even created a new user account, gave it the shutdown permission, and that doesn't work either.

I realize that linux boxes rarely need to be shutdown, and "poweroff" is an option, but it's annoying because it used to work!

Ideas??? Thanx.
Old 07-21-2001, 08:26 PM   #2
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Did you try the halt command?
Old 07-21-2001, 10:15 PM   #3
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How about the Path?

If you are getting messages that say the command is not found, it is possible that you have not defined the path properly. To find the full path for the shutdown command issue the following command:

#su (if you are not logged on as root)
# your password
# find / -name shutdown
Then, once you know the path:
# /[path]/shutdown -h now
After that, you will probably want to change your path parameter in /etc/profile. Look at

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Old 07-23-2001, 08:35 AM   #4
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does a ctrl-alt-del do anything for you at least?
Old 07-23-2001, 12:54 PM   #5
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when you login as root, use "su -" to include root's profile, only in RedHat products. The shutdown command should be located in /sbin or /usr/sbin, and these paths should be in root's profile.

If you don't need to send a terminal message out to users, then just use "init 0" to shutdown or "init 6" to restart in multi-user mode.
Old 07-23-2001, 10:53 PM   #6
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or to put it simply, just make absoluteley sure that you are logged in as root when running that. It is considered a system admin task that only root is authorized to do
Old 07-24-2001, 05:48 PM   #7
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Hey guys - thanks for all the help! I posted a reply a couple days ago, but somehow it didn't make it up. Anyway, if I type "/sbin/shutdown now" everything seems to work, though it hanged that last time I did it. I just used "poweroff" and things went down quick and smooth. I find it odd that I have to type "/sbin/shutdown" even if I'm in the sbin. Same thing with linuxconf. Anyway, the latest is that I managed to get my modem up and working (woooo!). Any suggestions out there for a good mail program? I like using Opera for surfin', but there doesn't seem to be any mail program bundled with it. What do the "pros" use?

Thanks again,


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