I've just installed k3s on my notebook (Ubuntu). Works fine. Great project. However, i do not need it to run 24/7 so, how do I properly shutdown the k3s cluster. Oddly, I cannot find anything about this in the documentation. Thanks

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There is a systemd shutdown task (/etc/systemd/system/k3s.service) which stops the server, but not the k8s resources (pods, networks, etc). For this there is a utility script k3s-killall.sh which should be at /usr/local/bin/k3s-killall.sh

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    On Ubuntu you can stop the k3s service with sudo systemctl stop k3s, and stop it restarting when you reboot with sudo systemctl disable k3s. Commented Sep 30, 2021 at 9:49

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