Below are typical uses of halt, poweroff and reboot.
- halt : Instructs hardware to stop CPU functions.
- poweroff : Instructs the system to power down.
- reboot : Restarts or reboots the system.
The above mentioned commands can only be run by super user as these involve the actions to stop the system hardware. If the user is not logged in as super user then sudo command can be used to run these commands.
This instructs the hardware to stop all the CPU functions.
// syntax of halt command halt [OPTION]...
The halt simply can be used to halt, poweroff and reboot the system :
// Instructs hardware to stop CPU functions. halt
// power off the system halt -p
// reboots the system halt --reboot
- This lets the user to power down the system from the command line.
- Using halt all the CPU functions will be stopped and system will enter a state where user can perform low level maintenance.
poweroff Sends an ACPI signal which instructs the system to power down. Here’s the syntax of poweroff command :
// syntax of poweroff poweroff [OPTION]...
The poweroff simply can be used to halt, poweroff and reboot the system as :
// Powers off the system poweroff
// Halts the system poweroff --halt
// Reboots the system poweroff --reboot
the reboot command instructs the system to restart or reboot. Here’s the syntax of reboot command :
// syntax of reboot reboot [OPTION]...
The reboot simply can be used to halt, poweroff and reboot the system as :
// Halts the system reboot --halt
// Powers off the system reboot -p
// Reboots the system reboot
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