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Old 02-18-2006, 03:07 AM   #1
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Red face Difference between init and others

Dear Friends ,

Can any one plz tell me what is the difference between

1 ) "init 0" and "poweroff"

2 ) "init 6" and "reboot"
Old 02-18-2006, 05:00 PM   #2
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When you change runlevel, a number of scripts are run from /etc/init.d (which ones and i which order -- configuration from /etc/rcX.d or similar). They close system services giving them time to do things they need before finishing (writing logs, backup files, state etc). Then the reboot/poweroff is made.

When you just run reboot or poweroff, the services are immediately stopped.
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There is absolutely no difference .There are 7 run levels in the linux. If you cat /etc/inittab , you will find all the run levels listed there .As mentioned by Mara , there are scripts based on runlevels in /etc/rcX.d, where X will give the run level value .Lets say we wanna put the linux in run level 3 , then rc3.d will be excuted , if you cd in rc3.d you will find various services starting with K and S .K means those services will be killed for this run level and S means they will be started for this run level...Another example , If we cd into rc6.d ( reboot runlevel) , we will see that all the services in the directory are starting with K except Killall and reboot which are starting with S.That means , when the linux is rebooted , all the services are killed .So only killall and reboot are started

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Well the difference is that they don't use the same exec as "poweroff" and "reboot" are symbolic link to "halt", but the result is the same i.e. "init 6" do the same as "reboot" and "init 0" the same as "poweroff".


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