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Bug#252288: [S-S-D] Please add option to set nodo status code

Package: dpkg
Version: 1.10.21
Severity: wishlist

If you try to start a daemon using start-stop-daemon and the daemon
is already running then start-stop-daemon returns 1.

If the daemon is not already running and start-stop-daemon starts
an instance of it, and the instance exits with status 1, then
start-stop-daemon again returns 1.

I would like to be able to distinguish between these cases.  What
would help would be an option that sets the value that is returned
when the daemon is already running.  A value could then be chosen
that the daemon itself never returns.

The return value can already be changed (to 0) using the "--oknodo"
option.  What we need is a "--nodostatus=VAL" option.  "--oknodo"
would thus be equivalent to "--nodostatus=0".

-- System Information:
Debian Release: testing/unstable
  APT prefers unstable
  APT policy: (900, 'unstable'), (700, 'testing'), (1, 'experimental')
Architecture: i386 (i686)
Kernel: Linux 2.4.25
Locale: LANG=en_IE@euro, LC_CTYPE=en_IE@euro

Versions of packages dpkg depends on:
ii  dselect                     1.10.21      a user tool to manage Debian packa
ii  libc6                       2.3.2.ds1-13 GNU C Library: Shared libraries an

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