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Sometimes my Ubuntu 16.04 is not shutting down when I am trying to shutdown from the task menu. I am forcing shutdown by pressing the power button. I want to know the reason and solution for this.

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  • is not shutting down means nothing at all happens? Try with shutdown now – M. Becerra Mar 7 '17 at 11:35
  • run this in the terminal (start it by pressing: (ctrl+alt+T) sudo shutdown – George Udosen Mar 7 '17 at 12:05
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Reason can be anything, but try running this command to shutdown:

sudo systemctl poweroff
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You can shutdown by terminal by this command:
sudo shutdown -h now

  • mayank@mayank-Aspire-5738:~$ sudo shutdown -h now [sudo] password for mayank: Failed to start poweroff.target: Transaction is destructive. See system logs and 'systemctl status poweroff.target' for details. – Frank Mar 8 '17 at 10:35

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