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Bug#172630: debian-policy: Clarification on /etc/init.d/foo restart behaviour.

On Wed, 11 Dec 2002, Bill Allombert wrote:
> Here a patch that clarify the behavior of /etc/init.d/foo restart.
> This is taken straight out of 
> LSB 1.2 / Chapter 22. / System Initialization / Init Script Actions
> --- policy.sgml	2002-11-15 07:49:40.000000000 +0100
> +++ policy.sgml.new	2002-12-11 13:26:53.000000000 +0100
> @@ -4575,7 +4575,7 @@
>  	      <item><p>stop the service,</p></item>
>  	      <tag><tt>restart</tt></tag>
> -	      <item><p>stop and restart the service,</p></item>
> +	      <item><p>stop and restart the service if the service is already running, otherwise start the service,</p></item>
>  	      <tag><tt>reload</tt></tag>
>  	      <item><p>cause the configuration of the service to be
> Whether is it a policy proposal or a clarification of the existant policy
> is beyond me to decide. However this is needed for LSB compliance. 

Seconded. This change is in accordance to the current plans for init scripts
in Debian, and it _is_ the preferred behaviour for restart (i.e. it is what
most packages do).

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  them all and in the darkness grind them. In the Land of Redmond
  where the shadows lie." -- The Silicon Valley Tarot
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