A quick post on how to restart or turn of a unix-like server.
There are 4 commands that all can restart or shutdown a machine:
Many of them can achieve the same things, but this cacophony of commands guarantees backwards compatibility. This post uses the
reboot commands exclusively.
Log into the server, if you haven’t already:
$ ssh email@example.com
Then type in:
If you’re not in as root, you need the
$ sudo reboot
It takes a minute or two to boot.
If you run shutdown without params:
It will schedule the shutdown in one minute. But it can be cancelled using the
$ shutdown -c
now param shuts the system down immediately:
$ shutdown now
If you shutdown a cloud VPS server, you usually start it back up from the provider’s control panel. The
shutdown command is more handy on computers you actually have in your house, like a Raspberry PI for example.
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