ADB random questions

Hi, I'm trying to learn to use adb/fastboot and here are a few random things I ran across I'd like to ask to understand better how it works.

  • Does adb work only when the phone's on and usb debugging also on or do some commands also work in other modes? Example: phone's off (Honor 6) and "adb devices" doesn't recognize it but all "adb reboot" commands work no problem, why?
  • Could some adb commands be blocked by the manufacturer? On another device (Prestigio), "adb reboot recovery" works but "adb reboot bootloader" doesn't do anything. Is there a way to safely stopping a running command?
  • Example: in the recovery mode, I accidentally started the adb sideload and the phone prompted me to enter the full path to the sideloaded file (in the PC terminal); trying to enter a non-existing path didn't do anything, the sideload screen on the phone was still there; holding the power button didn't help; removing the battery would probably do the trick but it's not removable so is there a safe way to stop the command? Maybe adb kill-server?

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