Bootscript poweroff options

Joshua Murphy poisonbl at
Wed Aug 22 06:34:30 PDT 2007

On 8/22/07, Declan Moriarty <junk_mail at> wrote:
> On Tue, 2007-08-21 at 15:25 -0500, Kevin Day wrote:
> > > halt, poweroff, shutdown -<anything> etc. But it does respond to
> > > whatever the bootscripts do when you get a drive error.
> > At some point in the process of changing kernel/binutils/gcc/uClibc,
> > the poweroff just stopped "powering off" for me.  It would shutdown
> > the harddrive and say your os is off, meanwhile my entire machine and
> > moniter is running, but is unresponsive because the kernel is
> > unloaded. (maybe an initng version ended up breaking this??)
> > This happens on every hardware I try and it pisses me off as I cannot
> > find the fix.  I've swapped versions of binutils, gcc, uclibc, initng,
> > etc..
> I am pretty sure it's an apm/acpi thing. It does come up in the kernel
> compile.
> Just looking at kernel configs, you have nearly all the ACPI options set
> in the one you sent to me, but my hlfs config only has the ACPI poweroff
> settings set. But shutdown -<any> now does _NOT_ work in HLFS. Only the
> bootscript manages, which intrigues me
> >
> >
> > > If I fill /etc/fstab with random nonsense, it will fail to mount, and
> > > power off until I fix it. HOW? That's the question. I did look at the
> > > scripts, but .... cannot answer that for myself.
> > Elaborate.
> Okay, I recently added a drive, then removed one. On bootup with lines
> in fstab for /dev/hdcN (which didn't exist) lfs-bootscripts let the
> first one go, and said 'that's a mistake'. On the second one, it decided
> 'I'm out of here' and successfully powered the box off, and the box went
> off - electrically.  I'd _love_ to know how it did that! No other halt
> command on any system of that vintage or later manages to power the box
> off electrically. BTW, windows can do power it off :-(, but I don't have
> windows any more.
> > Try to forcefully boot into the os by specifying init=/bin/bash in the
> This is not the point. The point is I want to find how the box turns
> off. I can get always going if needs be with a bit of B.F.+I. :-D.
> --
>        With Best Regards,
>        Declan Moriarty.
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Based on how old you're making the system sound, try disabling ACPI
and just using APM.

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Joshua M. Murphy

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