Bug#203239: debian-policy: Add 'restart-if-running' option to initscripts
Wish #87994 originally submitted by Henrique M Holschuh <email@example.com>
seems to have been closed inadvertently. It was merged with #60979
which was closed by release 18.104.22.168:
> * When asked to restart a service that isn't already running,
> the init script should start it, closes: #60979
Wish #87994, however, was for the countenancing of an initscript option
that restarts services only if they _are_ running. That would be useful
to have in postinst scripts on upgrade.
--- Original #87994 ---
This proposal has ties to #76868 (invoke-rc.d), #60979 (what /etc/init.d/xxx
"Action" in the text below is the *first* parameter specified for an init
script (e.g.: in /etc/init.d/foo start, "start" is the action).
The naming for the new 'initscript action' was discussed in #76868, before
it was split from the main proposal of invoke-rc.d.
I propose that a new init script action, 'restart-if-running', defined as:
IFF daemon-is-running-NOW then
return OK exit status if daemon started, otherwise return ERROR
return OK exit status
to be defined in policy, as *OPTIONAL*.
The main reason for such definition is that we currently lack the
functionality provided by 'restart-if-running', and it cannot be easily (as
in not in an error-prone way) emulated through other methods.
-- System Information:
Debian Release: testing/unstable
Kernel: Linux thanatos 2.4.21 #3 Wed Jun 18 21:35:52 CEST 2003 i686
Locale: LANG=en_IE@euro, LC_CTYPE=en_IE@euro
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