From Scot E. Wilcoxon on Sun, 02 May 1999
About the "Answer Guy" comments in the April 1999 LG about shutting down a server, perhaps with a special login:
I have also created Linux servers without monitors, but I used a
two-key keyboard: a cheap serial mouse. See `man gpm` for the
"SPECIAL COMMANDS" and "-S" instructions. With this option
enabled in /etc/rc.d/init.d/gpm you can triple-click the mouse to
initiate either a shutdown or a reboot. This gives operators a
safe way to shut down a server without having to have a monitor or
keyboard on the server. The BIOS does have to allow booting
without those plugged in, but many BIOSes can be configured to
continue despite those errors.
Cool! There's a man page I hadn't read recently and thoroughly enough! The best part is you can configure it with a set of three custom commmands instead of the defaults (shutdown -r, shutdown -h, and an internal init signalling routine). I don't know what I'll do with that, but it sure sounds useful.