Restarting services

Paul Schmehl pauls at
Mon Sep 25 08:10:41 PDT 2006

--On Monday, September 25, 2006 11:47:46 +0200 Erwin Van de Velde 
<erwin.vandevelde at> wrote:

> On Monday 25 September 2006 11:26, Vasil Dimov wrote:
>> IMHO in this case the administrator should be changed,
>> not the way ports operate. Building idiot-proof system is impossible and
>> leads to the:
>> Shaw's Principle:
>>         Build a system that even a fool can use, and only a fool will
>> want to use it.
> This is not about being idiot-proof but being handy to use. It also
> reduces  service downtime by immediately restarting the service after
> update instead  of waiting for the administrator to restart it.
This implies that one is doing unattended port updates.  IMNSHO that's a 
very bad thing - unless you're updating a workstation - in which case you 
shouldn't be running any services except sshd.

Paul Schmehl (pauls at
Adjunct Information Security Officer
The University of Texas at Dallas

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