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REBOOT(2)                 OpenBSD Programmer's Manual                REBOOT(2)

     reboot - reboot system or halt processor

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

     reboot(int howto);

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

     howto is a mask of options; the system call interface allows the follow-
     ing 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

     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)bsd'', 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 abili-
                   ty 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.

     RB_POWERDOWN  If used in conjunction with RB_HALT, and if the system
                   hardware supports the function, the system will be powered

     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 op-
                   tions have different meaning if combined with this option,
                   although their use may not be possible via the reboot()
                   call.  See kadb(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 inter-
                   preted 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 ``bsd'' in the root file sys-
                   tem 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)).

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

     [EPERM]       The caller is not the super-user.

     kadb(4),  crash(8),  halt(8),  init(8),  reboot(8),  savecore(8)

     Not all platforms support all possible arguments.  For example,
     RB_POWERDOWN is supported only on the i386, sparc, and mac68k platforms.

     The reboot() function call appeared in 4.0BSD.

OpenBSD 2.6                      June 4, 1993                                2

Source: OpenBSD 2.6 man pages. Copyright: Portions are copyrighted by BERKELEY
SOFTWARE DESIGN, INC., The Regents of the University of California, Massachusetts
Institute of Technology, Free Software Foundation, FreeBSD Inc., and others.

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