Peter S. Peter S. - 10 months ago 24
Bash Question

How can I trigger a delayed system shutdown from in a shell script?

On my private network I have a backup server, which runs a bacula backup every night. To save energy I use a cron job to wake the server, but I haven't found out, how to properly shut it down after the backup is done.
By the means of the bacula-director configuration I can call a script during the processing of the last backup job (i.e. the backup of the file catalog). I tried to use this script:

# shutdown server in 10 minutes
# ps, 17.11.2013
bash -c "nohup /sbin/shutdown -h 10" &
exit 0

The script shuts down the server - but apparently it returns just during the shutdown,
and as a consequence that last backup job hangs just until the shutdown. How can I make the script to file the shutdown and return immediately?

Update: After an extensive search I came up with a (albeit pretty ugly) solution:
The script run by bacula looks like this:

at -f /root/scripts/ now + 10 minutes

And the second script ( looks like this:

shutdown -h now

Actually I found no obvious method to add the required parameters of shutdown in the syntax of the 'at' command. Maybe someone can give me some advice here.


No need to create a second BASH script to run the shutdown command. Just replace the following line in your backup script:

bash -c "nohup /sbin/shutdown -h 10" &

with this:

echo "/sbin/poweroff" | /usr/bin/at now + 10 min >/dev/null 2>&1

Feel free to adjust the time interval to suit your preference.