Startup/Shutdown Commands

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This is a list of startup/shutdown-related commands:

  • dmesg - display bootup messages.
  • halt - halt the system. (not recommened - use shutdown -h now instead)
  • init - set runlevel, or define processes that are begun on a specific runlevel.
  • reboot - reboot the system.
  • runlevel - show the current system runlevel.
  • shutdown - shutdown the system.
  • swapoff - disable the paging hardware.
  • swapon - enable the paging hardware.
  • sync - write buffered memory out to disk.
  • telinit - move the system to a new runlevel.