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Auto-shutdown is a feature available in the Paperspace Console that allows you to set your machine to power off after being idle for a certain period of time. We highly recommend this for hourly users who want to safeguard against leaving their machines on by mistake, but it's a great feature for all users!
The criteria for auto-shutdown are that the machine is idle, meaning that there are no applications running and no active connections to the desktop.
Auto-shutdown can be enabled or disabled for each machine individually, by navigating to that Machine's settings page in the Console. You can set the frequency, or disable it entirely if you want your machine to stay on by selecting the blank option.
Desktops. For Linux desktops like the Machine Learning in a Box VM, Auto-shutdown can be set from the Console in the Machine's settings.
Terminal & SSH. See this article for setting Auto-shutdown from your terminal or ssh session.
The criteria for Paperspace to initiate an auto-shutdown are that the machine must be idle (no active programs running) and there must be no open Paperspace connections, meaning all browser tabs and app windows must be closed. See the note below for how we detect active connections.
Tip: Auto-shutdown will not force-shutdown a machine with applications that are running. For example, if leaving a Microsoft Word document open on your desktop will prompt you to save or delete it if you try to shut down your VM, then the same goes for auto-shutdown!
Active connections can only be detected by the Paperspace client (browser or native app). If you are using RDP or another remote desktop client, we will not be able to detect this connection. As a result, it is best to leave auto-shutdown to "never" in this scenario to prevent losing work.