Reducing downtime on system critical services
once again, i was upgrading a system, and got MANY angry calls about
'mails not working'. wouldn't it be good to have a list, flag or some
other way of marking these system critical packages, so that apt would
configure other packages before it, install it and configure it. so that
it would have a minimum downtime.
on a 486 with 8Mb of mem, it's a bit of a pain to upgrade, when the
installation process itself takes many hours to complete. (i had sendmail
down all that time) even though not many have these kind of old machines
running anymore, it would still be wise to have packages like sendmail,
and others which are needed on specific systems down as little time as
possible, to avoid this kind of anger.
The best way for this might be a local list of packages that are
important, and apt would read this list when beginning update/upgrade
and deal with the packages accordingly, (as in deconfiguring, installing
and configuring the package in as short time as possible)
Comments anynone? is there need for this?
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