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By James T. Dennis, tag@lists.linuxgazette.net
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(?) Server Shutdown Button

From Scot E. Wilcoxon on Sun, 02 May 1999

(?) About the "Answer Guy" comments in the April 1999 LG about shutting down a server, perhaps with a special login:

I have also created Linux servers without monitors, but I used a two-key keyboard: a cheap serial mouse. See `man gpm` for the "SPECIAL COMMANDS" and "-S" instructions. With this option enabled in /etc/rc.d/init.d/gpm you can triple-click the mouse to initiate either a shutdown or a reboot. This gives operators a safe way to shut down a server without having to have a monitor or keyboard on the server. The BIOS does have to allow booting without those plugged in, but many BIOSes can be configured to continue despite those errors.

(!) Cool! There's a man page I hadn't read recently and thoroughly enough! The best part is you can configure it with a set of three custom commmands instead of the defaults (shutdown -r, shutdown -h, and an internal init signalling routine). I don't know what I'll do with that, but it sure sounds useful.

Copyright © 1999, James T. Dennis
Published in The Linux Gazette Issue 42 June 1999
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