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Linux Question

How to detect pending system shutdown on Linux?

I am working on an application where I need to detect a system shutdown.
However, I have not found any reliable way get a notification on this event.

I know that on shutdown, my app will receive a

signal followed by a
. I want to know if there is any way to query if a
is part of a shutdown sequence?

Does any one know if there is a way to query that programmatically (C API)?

As far as I know, the system does not provide any other method to query for an impending shutdown. If it does, that would solve my problem as well. I have been trying out
as well, but change in
seem to be instantaneous and without any prior warnings.


There is no way to determine if a SIGTERM is a part of a shutdown sequence. To detect a shutdown sequence you can either use use rc.d scripts like ereOn and Eric Sepanson suggested or use mechanisms like DBus.

However, from a design point of view it makes no sense to ignore SIGTERM even if it is not part of a shutdown. SIGTERM's primary purpose is to politely ask apps to exit cleanly and it is not likely that someone with enough privileges will issue a SIGTERM if he/she does not want the app to exit.