Since recently i need to issue sudo reboot --force in order to reboot my raspberry pi 2 (buster). In the past i could use sudo reboot. How can I find the reason?

When calling sudo reboot without "--force" I am not getting any message. The command simply finishes and i can enter the next command in the shell. The same happens for sudo poweroff --force. In both cases, when i add "--force" the pi reboots or does a poweroff.

I checked the following log files but didn't find any obvious related to the problem: auth.log, boot.log, debug, faillog, kern.log, messages, syslog, user.log


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It appears you're confusing 'reboot' with 'shutdown'. The reboot command does not take any arguments, so 'sudo reboot' should be sufficient to reboot your system immediately. Alternatively, the shutdown command takes parameters (including 'now') to specify a time to shutdown your system (e.g. 'sudo shutdown -r now'). See 'man reboot' and 'man shutdown'.

Try simply using 'sudo reboot' or 'sudo shutdown -r now'. You can check /var/log/syslog for any errors in the shutdown process.

Note: Having said all that, the command 'sudo reboot now' works for me, so apparently the 'now' parameter is just being ignored. Not sure why your system is blocking the reboot when specified.

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    "The reboot command does not take any arguments" -> I guess man reboot is all wrong then (or else someone is trying to re-write the docs without bothering to read them first).
    – goldilocks
    Dec 28, 2022 at 14:56
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    I updated my question. Your comment is correct regarding the option "now" but the option "--force" indeed exists. It works for reboot and for poweroff (not shutdown as i initially wrote) and is also described in "man reboot"
    – Ben
    Dec 28, 2022 at 20:20
  • Would you care to share your syslog output for when you issue the reboot command? The reboot command without --force still works generally, so this appears to be something specific to your environment that's hanging up the shutdown process.
    – elhunsaker
    Dec 29, 2022 at 18:41

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