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FreeBSD or BSD reboot and shutdown system

Q. How do I reboot or shutdown BSD (FreeBSD) based system. Command shutdown -h 0 is not working for me.

A. FreeBSD or other BSD uses the shutdown or halt command to shutdown system. To reboot FreeBSD/BSD box use reboot command.

Task: Shutdown BSD

Use shutdown command to close down the system at a given time. Type following command to shutdown system immediately:
# shutdown -h now
# halt

Task: Reboot BSD system

Type the following command:
# reboot
# shutdown -r now

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{ 4 comments… add one }
  • bipolor October 13, 2008, 6:16 am

    When I did it closes all the programs and just hangs and say press the space bar to restart?

    Is there a more powerfull command that can shutdown the system right away?

  • fkrahe March 13, 2009, 9:34 pm


    Are you root?

  • wycito March 20, 2009, 3:49 am

    Yes I am root in my case and the computer stays on and with the press enter to reboot, what if I (to conserve energy) just want to shut it off for good…

  • moo March 31, 2009, 11:46 pm

    “To power down a FreeBSD machine on architectures and systems that support power management, simply use the command shutdown -p now to turn the power off immediately.”


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