FreeBSD: ACPI Shutdown
In order to shutdown a FreeBSD machine completely, i.e. without hitting the power button, it is necessary to…
shutdown -h now command (to shut down the machine) results in the following message that remains glowing on the monitor:
The operating system has halted Please press any key to reboot
It is necessary to use the following command instead:
which basically provides the same function as:
# shutdown -p now
Learnt the hard way and resolved with the kind help of the FreeBSD’s Forums.
It works (almost identically) on Linux-based machines as well (from the
$ man shutdown ... -H, --halt Halt the machine. -P, --poweroff Power-off the machine (the default). -r, --reboot Reboot the machine. -h Equivalent to --poweroff, unless --halt is specified. ...