Re: Bug#910377: Inhibit reboot/shutdown if dpkg is running
On Wed, May 19, 2021 at 04:03:16PM +0200, Laurent Bigonville wrote:
> reopen 910377
> reassign dpkg 1.20.9
> On Sat, 31 Aug 2019 00:34:32 +0200 Michael Biebl <email@example.com> wrote:
> > On Fri, 5 Oct 2018 21:30:43 +0200 Michael Biebl <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> > > Am 05.10.18 um 21:28 schrieb Michael Biebl:
> > > > That said, also keep in mind, that the inhibit mechanism does not
> > > > if the reboot request is triggered by privileged users , e.g.
> if you
> > > > trigger a reboot as root, an existing inhibitor blocks are ignored.
> > > >  https://github.com/systemd/systemd/issues/6644
> > >
> > > This issue describes this even better
> > > https://github.com/systemd/systemd/issues/2680
> > It seems there is no real interest to change this upstream and even if
> > at some point in the future there was a way to make inhibitors work for
> > the root user, I think such an inhibitor lock shoud be take directly by
> > dpkg. I don't think the hook interface is sufficient for that.
> I'm reopening this issue and reassigning it dpkg package, that would at
> least avoid non privileged users to restart the machine when there is an
> update happening.
> Apparently RPM has this functionality via a plugin. The manpage of the
> plugins available at  and says:
> This plugin for RPM prevents the system to enter shutdown, sleep
> or idle mode while there is a rpm transaction running to prevent
> system corruption that can occur if the transaction is
> interrupted by a reboot.
> This is achieved by using the inhibit DBUS interface of systemd.
> The call is roughly equivalent to executing
> systemd-inhibit --mode=block --what=idle:sleep:shutdown --who=RPM
> --why="Transaction running"
> The code is available in 
> Having something similar in dpkg would be nice, but that would mean that
> dpkg will grow a dependency on libdbus and/or libsystemd, not sure how that
> would work
Or just use apt which already does this instead of manually running
dpkg? I mean, it wouldn't hurt to have dpkg inhibit too, but it's not
really relevant for most users given that apt-pkg library does and hence
apt, aptitude, packagekit.
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