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Re: Reducing downtime on system critical services

Ben Collins <bcollins@debian.org> writes:

> On Mon, Apr 03, 2000 at 11:38:07AM -0700, Brent Fulgham wrote:
> > > now that you mention it, that would be the best solution. (and is)
> > > i just never thought of that. but this proves the point of community
> > > developing something, it brings out choices that usually are 
> > > overlooked.
> > 
> > The only problem with this approach is in cases where the running
> > program makes use of the file you want to change.  In that case,
> > you may screw things up by swapping a configuration file out from
> > underneath the program if it's still running.
> Yeah, and those programs should special case themselves (and policy should
> allow it).
> I think those types are rare and few between though (usually if the
> program monitors the config file state actively, the changes should not be
> so that it would cause problems). Arguably, such programs are broken to
> start with. I don't think I would want anything that immeiately recognized
> my config file changes without telling it to (with a simple SIGHUP, like
> inetd and such do).

Is cron broken?  Each minute, it checks its spool directory an

Kevin Dalley

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