REBOOT(2) MidnightBSD System Calls Manual REBOOT(2)

NAME

reboot — reboot system or halt processor

LIBRARY

Standard C Library (libc, −lc)

SYNOPSIS

#include <unistd.h>
#include <sys/reboot.h>

int

reboot(int howto);

DESCRIPTION

The reboot() system call reboots the system. Only the super-user may reboot a machine on demand. However, a reboot is invoked automatically in the event of unrecoverable system failures.

The howto argument is a mask of options; the system call interface allows the following options, defined in the include file <sys/reboot.h>, to be passed to the new kernel or the new bootstrap and init programs.

RB_AUTOBOOT

The default, causing the system to reboot in its usual fashion.

RB_ASKNAME

Interpreted by the bootstrap program itself, causing it to prompt on the console as to what file should be booted. Normally, the system is booted from the file ‘‘xx(0,0)kernel’’, where xx is the default disk name, without prompting for the file name.

RB_DFLTROOT

Use the compiled in root device. Normally, the system uses the device from which it was booted as the root device if possible. (The default behavior is dependent on the ability of the bootstrap program to determine the drive from which it was loaded, which is not possible on all systems.)

RB_DUMP

Dump kernel memory before rebooting; see savecore(8) for more information.

RB_HALT

the processor is simply halted; no reboot takes place. This option should be used with caution.

RB_POWEROFF

After halting, the shutdown code will do what it can to turn off the power. This requires hardware support.

RB_INITNAME

An option allowing the specification of an init program (see init(8)) other than /sbin/init to be run when the system reboots. This switch is not currently available.

RB_KDB

Load the symbol table and enable a built-in debugger in the system. This option will have no useful function if the kernel is not configured for debugging. Several other options have different meaning if combined with this option, although their use may not be possible via the reboot() system call. See ddb(4) for more information.

RB_NOSYNC

Normally, the disks are sync’d (see sync(8)) before the processor is halted or rebooted. This option may be useful if file system changes have been made manually or if the processor is on fire.

RB_RDONLY

Initially mount the root file system read-only. This is currently the default, and this option has been deprecated.

RB_SINGLE

Normally, the reboot procedure involves an automatic disk consistency check and then multi-user operations. RB_SINGLE prevents this, booting the system with a single-user shell on the console. RB_SINGLE is actually interpreted by the init(8) program in the newly booted system.

When no options are given (i.e., RB_AUTOBOOT is used), the system is rebooted from file ‘‘kernel’’ in the root file system of unit 0 of a disk chosen in a processor specific way. An automatic consistency check of the disks is normally performed (see fsck(8)).

RETURN VALUES

If successful, this call never returns. Otherwise, a -1 is returned and an error is returned in the global variable errno.

ERRORS
[EPERM]

The caller is not the super-user.

SEE ALSO

crash(8), halt(8), init(8), reboot(8), savecore(8)

HISTORY

The reboot() system call appeared in 4.0BSD.

BUGS

The HP300 implementation supports neither RB_DFLTROOT nor RB_KDB.

MidnightBSD 0.3 June 4, 1993 MidnightBSD 0.3