[CentOS] Bypassing 'A stop job is running' when rebooting CentOS 7

Wed May 22 13:09:12 UTC 2019
James Pearson <james-p at moving-picture.com>

James Pearson wrote:
> I'm currently trying to reboot a CentOS 7.5 workstation (to complete an
> upgrade to 7.6), but it is 'stuck' while shutting down with 'A stop job
> is running for ...' - the counter initially gave a limit of '1min 30s' -
> but each time it reaches that limit, it just adds on ~90 seconds to the
> limit ...
> Currently the limit is '25min 33s'
> I'm in no hurry to have this workstation operational, but I guess at
> some point I will have to power cycle it ...
> Does anyone know how to bypass this? - or at least stop it increasing
> the limit each time it is reached?
> It does seems rather pointless to keep increasing the limit like this ...

It _finally_ gave up at 30 mins and rebooted

James Pearson