On the VmWare commandline, I can shutdown the box using the halt command

~ # halt --help
BusyBox v1.9.1-VMware-visor-6030 (2011-02-15 14:57:41 PST) multi-call binary

Usage: halt [-d delay] [-n] [-f]

Halt the system

        -d      Delay interval for halting
        -n      No call to sync()
        -f      Force halt (don't go through init)

Is the delay in minutes (like with the linux shutdown otpion) or in seconds? I could not find this in the docs, I tried googling and did not find the answer. I have no spare vmware box at hand currently to try out by myself.

(I found http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=1013193 and also this PDF http://pubs.vmware.com/vsphere-50/topic/com.vmware.ICbase/PDF/vsphere-esxi-vcenter-server-50-command-line-management-for-service-console-users.pdflanguage=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=1013193 but there was no answer to this in them)

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The current source code for busybox halt indicates the delay is in seconds. If you wanted to test it explicitly, you could run with a delay of 300, and if the system hasn't halted after 5 minutes, you know it's measured in minutes instead of seconds.

  • I will try out when I find a good oportunity. I believe they would not change the busybox options in this case. Apr 7, 2013 at 11:29

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