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Re: Really, ...

On 01.12.2012 21:11, Steve Langasek wrote:
> On Sat, Dec 01, 2012 at 10:39:35PM +0800, Thomas Goirand wrote:
>> More over, most of the sleep calls you will find in init scripts (and I
>> believe that is what your grep shows, because that's the case on my own
>> laptop...) are because of:
>> case "${1}" in
>> restart|reload|force-reload)
>>         ${0} stop
>>         sleep 1
>>         ${0} start
>> ;;
>> which I don't think is (so much of) a problem in itself. Unless you
>> also consider the above as a race condition (which, really, could
>> be a real one...).
> Those are also race conditions, and bugs.  If the stop and start commands
> return control before the action is completed, the results cannot be relied
> on.  The 'restart' command is not the only way that an admin may
> programmatically stop and start a service; you might do this with something
> based on puppet, for instance, with the intent of having the service fully
> stopped before you edit its state, then restart it afterwards, so a race
> here can even lead to corruption.

I did a test with all 1194 sysv init scripts we currently have in Debian:
# grep "\<sleep\>" * | wc -l

This is just sad :-/
Why is it that all of the instruments seeking intelligent life in the
universe are pointed away from Earth?

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