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Re: init scripts and the "reload" target

On Fri, Jan 06, 2006 at 03:19:58AM -0500, sean finney wrote:
> a while back, i noticed that there seems to be some rather inconsistent
> behaviour wrt doing "/etc/init.d/foo reload".
> typically this results in a HUP or something similar sent to the daemon in
> question, causing it to reload configuration, but in some cases the
> init script's actions are identical to what would happen with the
> "restart" target.

> 	reload
> 	    cause the configuration of the service to be reloaded without
> 	    actually stopping and restarting the service,
> my take on this is that, while optional, the reload target must not
> stop and start a service if implemented in an init script.  it would
> then logically follow that reload must not start a service which is
> not running.
> is my interpretation of this correct, or am i over-analyzing things?

I agree with your interpretation... and believe that most init.d scripts
behave this way.

Hamish Moffatt VK3SB <hamish@debian.org> <hamish@cloud.net.au>

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