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Hello !

I have a new Powerbook G4 12" with OS X of course which I am absolutely wrapped in ! My old main computer is a blue & white G3 350 running OS 9.2.2 (yuk !). Both units are networked successfully via LAN.

Would really like to use the PB as my main computer (OS X is great + have updated s/w for apps which only use OS X) and use the poor old failthful G3 as file storage. I would also like to avoid buying another monitor and use my existing monitor with the new PB G4. Only problem is to shutdown the old G3 via the PB without a monitor connected directly to it - starting up is no problem - just hit the button.

It must be simple. Anyone have a thought ?

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I know with OS X you can just hit the power up button and then hit enter and it will shut it down, can you do that in OS 9?
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AppleScript version:
They may need a little editing editing when used to shut down a remote system.

//begin script

tell application "Finder"
end tell

//end script
//begin script

tell application "Finder"
end tell

//end script

In Mac OSX
Execute in Terminal, type carefully.

 sudo osascript -e 'tell application "Finder" to shut down'
sudo osascript -e 'tell application "Finder" to restart'

If your user isn't the currently logged in user, you might get some errors in the command line, but it will work.

"sudo" might not be required.

If there is an open application with unsaved changes, the restart will time out. This is the intended behaviour. You could try to use applescript to save and exit that application (if said application is scriptable).

Note: If the remote machine absolutely positively must be restarted, and you don't want to lose any unsaved changes (and the apps aren't scriptable), you'll have to use something like Timbuktu or OSXvnc to connect to the GUI on the remote Mac. Once you've taken that effort, though, you might as well just choose Restart in the GUI as well!
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