Bug#562506: init scripts should not use set -e
Steve Langasek <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> I don't think that 'set -e' is wrong for init scripts, so much as the
> LSB init script interfaces' requirement of 'set +e' is an unfortunate
> design flaw. Still, as many init scripts are using
> /lib/lsb/init-functions nowadays, I think it's worth calling this out in
> Policy as an exception.
> We should explicitly qualify this in terms of /lib/lsb/init-functions
> being an *optional* library that init scripts *may* use.
That seems reasonable, although I think we should also point out the
problems with using set -e when starting a daemon, namely that you need to
be sure to wrap the start-stop-daemon invocation in a conditional so that
you can properly report errors, rather than just letting the init script
Russ Allbery (email@example.com) <http://www.eyrie.org/~eagle/>