refers to shutting down the computer, the process of powering down the computer

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shutdown command - what can be wrong?

I have a late 2012 iMac. I use to shut it down with the shutdown command, in order to be able to delay the shutting down. Here's how I use it: sudo shutdown -h +30 # shuts down in 30 mins ...
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How to automatically close an app when I shut down the mac?

My father would always scold me that so many applications are open when he turns on the computer which he says consumes computer memory. I always forget to close the app by right -clicking>quit Is ...
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How to forceibly shut down a mac?

Press the power button and it'll restart and restoring the windows. Press the power button for so long and it'll sleep. When return it'll restore the whole windows. What about if I want true restart ...
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Downside of manual shutdown

I've been using shutdown -h now in the terminal to turn off my iMac (sooo much faster than waiting for every program I use to close out), and I wondered if there were any downsides to shutting down ...
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How to fix Mountain Lion deadly crashes

Over the last 3 months, after I bought my first Mac Mini, which came installed with mountain Lion, I've had to reinstall the OS over 10 times now. Here's a list of steps of what happens: I turn it ...
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Disable warning: “There is a user sharing this computer.”

I have a Mac used as a test server and it restarts daily automatically. Occasionally we connect to it to grab files, but if we forget to disconnect, the Mac fails to restart because it waits for ...
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How can I automatically run an AppleScript on shutdown or logout?

I am more used to the Javascript style event handlers, but is there a similar thing in applescript that listens to system events like logout or shutdown to execute code or is there a way to have an ...
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How can I shut down using keyboard shortcut and not reopen windows on login?

I upgraded from OS X 10.6 to OS X 10.8 a few days ago. I find that when I use the keyboard shortcut (⌃ ctrl + ⌥ alt + ⌘ cmd + ⏏ eject) to shutdown, on startup all the previously open applications are ...
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Your computer can't be shut down now, because software is being installed

I was trying to install Microsoft Office 2011 when the installer hanged (and it is not going anywhere, I waited about 12 hours before trying to reboot this macbook). Now I can't restart this macbook ...
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Back up and shut down

At the end of the day, I would like my MacBook Pro to back-up to both Time Machine and Backblaze (or verify that it has done so) and then shut down. Could someone write please write a script that ...
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What is Shutdown Cause -108?

My rMBP 15" just shut down by itself when idling, screen turned off. When I rebooted it, I checked the Console to see why it shut down, and found this message: 10/27/12 1:21:36.000 AM kernel[0]: ...
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My OS closes down after 5 seconds of inactivity (with the alert pop-up)

Since yesterday, when i'm running my computer, it shutDowns after 5 seconds of running. In order to make it work, i need to press continuously the escape key so the popUp alert who close the computer ...
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Is it necessary to eject external drives before logging out, restarting, or shutting down?

Is it necessary or recommended practice to eject external drives before logging out, restarting, or shutting down? (The drives are not being unplugged.) BTW, I am aware that I need to eject my ...
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How to check what is preventing MBP from graceful shutdown/restart and fix it? [Now with log entries]

And hopefully really final edit: After upgrading to Mountain Lion, the issue seems fixed, hopefully permanently. Final Edit: The problem doesn't happen all the time, sometimes I have to wait several ...
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iMac sounds like it's starting up then shutting down immediately

I have an iMac. Since yesterday, it has been making sounds where it seems like a hard drive is starting up then shutting down immediately. However, that can't be possible of course because the ...
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Kernel panic after using Android Emulator for Mac OS X Lion

I experienced a kernel panic. When I run Android emulator on a MacBook, iMac, or Mac mini, I sometimes get a grey screen for unexpected shut down and instructions to press and hold the power button ...
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How to instruct OS X to wait for an application to close before interrupting a shutdown?

I'm using several virtual machines that take time to be paused when I want to reboot the system. It prevents OS X Lion from shutting down properly, because the VMware process is still running seconds ...
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Can anyone interpret verbose shutdown messages?

I almost always boot up in Verbose mode so I can see what's happening during boot up/shut down. Usually critical errors make themselves obvious, some lesser errors aren't so obvious but can be cleared ...
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MacBook Air attempting to shutdown after a couple of seconds of inactivity

I have a a MacBook Air that works fine except popping up a shutdown dialog if left untouched for a couple of seconds (seems to be a consistent duration around 3 seconds or so). Hitting Cancel or Esc ...
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Ipad Log Files - Ipad2 suddenly shut down when watching film on OPlayerHD

i have ipad2 32 GB with version of 5.1. when i was watching film with OPlayerHD Lite, suddenly machine has shut down itself and 2 minute later opened itself again. this was happened three times in the ...
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How do I find the log for the shutdown process?

I've done some Googling and nowhere do I find where you can log the shutdown process. The best I've found is a log where it states when the shutdown process begins but that's all. My computer is ...
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Turning off or restarting iPhone if lock button is broken?

Now that I know how to lock the iPhone if the lock button is broken, I was wondering how I can restart the phone or turn it off. The lock button is completely unresponsive and holding it down does ...
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Lion shutdown menu, locks computer

I'm having a weird problem.. When I go to the 'Apple' Menu in finder, and select the 'Shut Down...' button, it locks the computer. Not shutting it down. I'm running Lion 10.7.3 on a late 2011 macbook ...
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What does Mail do when you try to quit it?

For some reason, Mail takes significantly longer than most of my other apps to quit. It might become unresponsive for a period of time after I hit [command]+[q] before it actually quits. What is ...
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Is there a better way to shutdown/restart OSX?

Whenever I want to shutdown/restart OSX I click on the menu, select shutdown, and then click the box for not saving the session, and then click OK. Then there's always at least one program that ...
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Shutdown MacMini with hardware button

I have a MacMini (Intel Core Solo with OSX 10.6.8) running as an iTunes Server with an external USB Storage without Keybord/Mouse/Monitor. Starting the MacMini is fairly easy, power on the USB ...
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Is there a safe way to shut down a Mac that doesn't have a keyboard or mouse?

I'm trying to safely shutdown a Mac desktop that does not have a keyboard or mouse connected to it any more, after hardware damage to the only keyboard and mouse in the house. It also does not have ...
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Are rc.shutdown and rc.shutdown.local still usable on OS X Lion?

Are either of rc.shutdown or rc.shutdown.local still being use in OS X, or have they been replaced with something else? I realize that launchd is replacing most of this, but I thought you could ...
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Why does my Mac Pro running Snow leopard freeze on blue screen on shutdown?

Symptoms Mac Pro freezes on blue screen on shutdown. Restart seems to work quite happily, it's just shutting down that my Mac Pro doesn't want to do. The chime has decided to become super quiet of ...
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27" iMac (fall of 2010) won't shut down

Whenever I try to shut down my iMac (3.2 GHz Intel Core i3, running 10.7.3), it closes out all programs, goes to the gray screen with the spinning ball and just hangs there. This occurs in restart or ...
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Why can Finder perfom shutdown, when it is a privileged command?

The Finder allows a non privileged user to perform a shutdown assuming there are no other users logged in, however shutdown is a privileged UNIX command. Does anyone know by what mechanism it does ...
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Warn if a Time Machine backup is still in progress before shutting down or sleeping a Mac

Before I shut down or sleep my Mac, I want to be warned if a Time Machine backup is still in progress. Is there such a thing? Or at least something that makes it very obvious that a backup is in ...
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iTunes interrupts shutdown

I'm on Lion. Everytime I try to shut down my laptop, I get a popup that tells me that iTunes has interrupted the shut down. When I try to shut down again (without quitting iTunes, or changing ...
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Macbook Pro random shutdown

Has anyone experienced this problem? Does anyone have a solution? I have scoured the internets for solutions and found many different answers. I am on a Macbook Pro 6,1. The one that has worked for me ...
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Kernel panic at shut down

I recently upgraded my MacBook Pro from 10.6.8 to 10.7 (and now 7.1 & 7.2). Ever since the switch to Lion my Mac has a kernel panic at shutdown and I get the "You need to restart your computer" ...
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MacBook Pro shuts down when unplugged

I have a late 2008 MacBook Pro work computer. Here's the sequence of events: I fully charge the battery I unplug the Mac from the power cable The Mac immediately shuts down Before unplugging the ...
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Transmission aborts automated shut down.

My ISP offers unlimited downloads at a certain time period at night, but I don't want to wake up to shutdown my MBP 13.3 at that time. I tried to specify a certain shutdown time using the Energy Saver ...
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OSX 10.7.2 can't shut down

When i click on shutdown nothing happens. I've tried repairing and verifying the hard-disks. Rebooting in safe mode, resetting PRAM, SMC. Nothing seems to work. The only 2 ways i can shutdown now is ...
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Avoid automatic shutdown

I have a MacBook pro running Lion. Usually, I need to run tasks that takes hours... so I just leave the laptop working before going to bed. When I wake up, I notice that it tried to shutdown the ...
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iPhone 3GS switches off randomly after update to 5.0.1

I bought a used iPhone 3GS and the owner claims it worked fine with iOS 4.3.5. When I came home, I reset all content and settings on iPhone. Did I know that doing the reset would force me to upgrade ...
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Mac asked me to force shutdown my laptop

I've never seen that. A kind of shade slowly took over my screen and a message asked me to hold the power button until the macbook shuts down. Here is the error report: Interval Since Last Panic ...
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MacBook won't shut down

What could be the reasons for my MacBook (early 2009) not shutting down. When issued the shutdown command it won't go pass the hiding of the icons on the desktop. It doesn't freeze (as I can still ...
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How can I forcibly shut down my Mac at an appointed time?

I'm looking for an auto shutdown app that will forcefully shut down the computer at an appointed time. The most important part of this is that the shutdown should not be cancelable (unless the ...
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Uncheck “Reopen windows when logging back in” by default

The shutdown/restart dialog has a check-box Reopen windows when logging back in which is checked by default. I need to change its behavior to be unchecked by default. Is this possible? If yes, how can ...
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How can I prevent accidentally quitting an application?

I use Adium, but if I set a "Quit Confirmation" in the advanced preferences, it cancels log out. If I don't, it is way too easy to quit it, since it gets focused between apps sometimes. Is there any ...
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Macbook Shutdown Problem

My Macbook doesn't shut down ! It gets stuck on a blue screen with a loading image and doesn't shut down. I recently have updated my Macbook but I don't know if it is the problem or not.
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Is there a way to force Mac OS X to close all the applications when restarting?

I sometimes shut down my Mac, and I cannot wait it shuts down because I am urgently requested to do something in another office that would require some hours. In some cases, an application that opens ...
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Xserve shuts itself off and boots at will

Okay, there's a lot of smart Mac guys here, so lets see if any of you can figure out this stumper. Our Xserve G4 (RackMac1,1) went incommunicado a few years ago was left in this state until I pulled ...
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Binding a keyboard shortcut to shut down

I want to bind a gesture in BetterTouchTool to the shut down menu that is invoked by pressing the power button on my MacBook Air. It's fairly simple to bind gestures to keyboard shortcuts, so what ...
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For least power usage, should I turn off or put my Mac to sleep?

If I'm not going to be using my Mac for a while, am I better off shutting it down completely or just putting it to sleep? Obviously it uses more power to "sleep" than to be off completely, but it ...