Safely Reboot a Linux System

Posted October 10, 2003 by Quinn McHenry in Linux

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The proper method of rebooting a Linux system ensures data integrity by terminating processes and synchronizing the filesystems.

To reboot a Linux system, use the following command:

shutdown -r

To reboot immediately, specify the command with the now option:

shutdown -r now


About Quinn McHenry

Quinn was one of the original co-founders of Tech-Recipes. He is currently crafting iOS applications as a senior developer at Small Planet Digital in Brooklyn, New York.
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