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I used to be able to run /sbin/shutdown -r -F now but in recent Ubuntu and Fedora releases there is no -F option and if I want to force an fsck I need to do touch /forcefsck; /sbin/shutdown -r now. Why was it removed?

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This flag does not exist in Upstart's version of shutdown. Ubuntu migrated to using Upstart as its default init system in 6.10, when sysvinit was replaced.

See this bug for more information.

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This also applies to systemd distros, such as Fedora. – jordanm Feb 8 '13 at 5:46
@jordanm Sure, -F doesn't exist in most init system's versions of shutdown. – Chris Down Feb 8 '13 at 6:11

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