There is no command line option on Erlang to terminate a node in a graceful manor and report the same. Here is a module I came up with.

-module (node_ctrl).

-export ([stop/1]).

stop([Node]) ->
io:format( “Stopping ~p: “, [Node] ),
case net_kernel:connect_node(Node) of
false -> io:format( “not reachable~n”, [] );
true ->
net_kernel:monitor_nodes(true),
rpc:call(Node, init, stop, [] ),
receive
{nodedown, Node} -> io:format( “done~n”, [])
after 20000 -> io:format( “refused to die~n”, [])
end
end,
init:stop().

Usage:

erl -name foo@example.foo.com -setcookie mycookie -s node_ctrl stop “targetnode@example.foo.com”

Assumptions:
* foo@example.foo.com is started with mycookie

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