shutdown problem

Gerard Beekmans gerard at
Mon Jul 30 16:46:02 PDT 2001

On Mon, Jul 30, 2001 at 11:05:11PM +1000, Fergus Belford wrote:
> "Reboot" & "halt" drop me out to init level 6, whereupon I'm asked to supply
> password ( for maintenance). A further issuing of "reboot" works, only all
> mounted partitions (hda2(swap), hda3(LFS) and hda4(RedHat) are umounted
> uncleanly.
> I have tried "shutdown -r now", which gets me to level 6, login & p'word
> again, "umount -a", telinit 2, then reboot. Now hda3(LFS) no longer comes up
> with unclean umount.  Bit long-winded though.
> Sorry about delay in responding.

First let me explain why you are asked for a password. They are caused
by what we call fall-through entries in /etc/inittab. The order in which
run level actions appear in /etc/inittab matters. Here are the entries
for run levels 0 and 6:

	l0:0:wait:/etc/init.d/rc 0
	l6:6:wait:/etc/init.d/rc 6
	<cut some others>

When you reboot or halt, init will run "rc 0" or "rc 6" first. Those two
run levels have S999reboot and S999halt scripts which reboot the system,
causing the ft:06:respawn:/sbin/sulogin line never to be reached.

But if S999reboot or S999halt aren't executed, init will read the next
available line and run sulogin.

So for starters, make sure /etc/rc6.d/S999reboot is a valid symlink. Run
"file /etc/rc6.d/S999reboot" and it will tell you if the link is valid
or not (if not, it'll tell you that it's a broken symlink. If it is
valid it'll tell you to which file it points).

My guess it's not a valid symlink for some reason. If it is a valid one,
then reboot, enter password to enter the shell and run
/etc/rc6.d/S999reboot manually and see if there are any errors.

Gerard Beekmans

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