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I was receiving the following notification at the end of my message of the day

*** /dev/xvda1 will be checked for errors at next reboot ***

I did the following

$ touch /forcefsck
$ shutdown -r now

But when I rebooted /forcefsck still existed and I was receiving the same warning at the end of the message of the day. I then ran

$ reboot

And now I longer receive the error at the end of the message of the day (I assume running fsck correctly this problem)

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I don't think so. Both Command do same function. – K.K Patel Nov 15 '12 at 7:41
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The manpage for reboot says:

When called with --force or when in runlevel 0 or 6, this tool invokes the reboot(2) system call itself and directly reboots the system. Otherwise this simply invokes the shutdown(8) tool with the appropriate arguments.

So in most cases reboot just calls shutdown -r.

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