Is it safe to shutdown using the power switch ?



  • Hi,

    If I press the power switch of my pfSense box it starts the shutdown process and finally shuts down.

    Is it safe to shutdown this way ? Can this cause file corruption or hardware failure in the long run ?



  • Nobody ?  :(


  • Developer Netgate

    You don't specify the hardware you are using, so who knows?

    In general though if a "shutdown process" is performed then it probably safe. If it just disconnects power, then it may not be.



  • Usually the power switch sends an ACPI power off event and pfSense will just do the equivalent of 'shutdown -p now' which is the correct way to shutdown the system.



  • @Steve_B:

    You don't specify the hardware you are using, so who knows?

    In general though if a "shutdown process" is performed then it probably safe. If it just disconnects power, then it may not be.

    I am using

    AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 5600+
    4GB Ram
    Nvidia 6150SE IGPU
    40GB HDD

    @kpa:

    Usually the power switch sends an ACPI power off event and pfSense will just do the equivalent of 'shutdown -p now' which is the correct way to shutdown the system.

    Okay / Thanks … I guess I can use the power button safely then.


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