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Re: Bug#222076: /etc/init.d/xdm: if stop from within, cannot start again

tag 222076 + wontfix
retitle 222076 xdm: init script's execution can be terminated prematurely if invoke-rc.d run from child process of xdm

On Sun, Nov 23, 2003 at 05:09:38AM +0800, Dan Jacobson wrote:
> Package: xdm
> Version: 4.2.1-13
> Severity: important
> File: /etc/init.d/xdm
> If one issues
> # invoke-rc.d xdm stop
> from a shell _inside xdm_, PIDFILE is not cleaned up before our shell
> process is killed, therefore any subsequent
> # invoke-rc.d xdm start
> will fail, [even though on the tty it just says 'starting', the bad
> news only going into the log.]
> The user will probably have to nohup the stop command, or do it from
> outside the xdm process tree (e.g. go to tty1)

To be solved properly this would require some sort of signaling
mechanism detacted from most of the normal process hierarchy; say, an
"invoke-rc.dd" (daemon) with which invoke-rc.d communicated.

The problem described is far more general and does not apply only to

Tagging wontfix.  Someday this may get reassigned to an init package.

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