This is a text description of starta.gif. This figure illustrates the effects of three forms of the SHUTDOWN command (NORMAL, IMMEDIATE, TRANSACTIONAL) on a transaction to transfer funds. The steps to transfer funds are shown as: 1) Check account balances 2) Insert new funds 3) Remove funds from old account 4) Commit If a SHUTDOWN NORMAL is issued at any point during this transaction, the transaction will complete. Further, the user can continue to perform other transactions and the shutdown will not occur until this user and all other users have disconnected from the database. If a SHUTDOWN IMMEDIATE command is issued at any point during this transaction, all changes to the database that have not been committed are rolled back, and the user is disconnected immediately thereafter. Uncommitted transactions for other users are also rolled back and those users are also disconnected. The database is then shut down. If a SHUTDOWN TRANSACTIONAL is issued at any point during this transaction, the transaction will complete. After the commit is done, no new transactions are allowed and the user is disconnected. All other user sessions are terminated in similar fashion. The database is then shut down.