portmaster and restarting of upgraded daemons

Wesley Shields wxs at FreeBSD.org
Sun Mar 23 08:03:24 PDT 2008

On Sun, Mar 23, 2008 at 07:48:23AM -0700, Jeremy Chadwick wrote:
> On Sun, Mar 23, 2008 at 02:52:35PM +0100, Miroslav Lachman wrote:
> > I am almost new to portmaster, so I got a question - is there any 
> > possibility to restart installed services as in portupgrade with defined 
> > BEFOREBUILD / BEFOREDEINSTALL / AFTERINSTALL? Or is there any future plan 
> > to do so? It is annoying if I end up with some dead services after upgrade 
> > just because I forgot to manualy do /usr/local/etc/rc.d/some_daemon restart
> This is more a complaint about the existing ports infrastructure, as
> IMHO, it's something that should be handled there and not necessarily by
> "third-party" port management utilities.
> Some existing ports (such as smartmontools, i.e. smartd) do this, while
> others (such as postfix) do not.

There is an @stopdaemon facility which can be used in the plist.  In
fact, it might be a smart idea to remove the way smartmontools does it
and replace it with @stopdaemon for consistency sake.

> There are pros and cons to what you want.  I myself have never managed
> to conclude if the pros outweigh the cons -- or vice-versa -- but I have
> thought about it before.

Personally, I do not want anything stopping or starting services on it's
own.  That is something that I, as an administrator, should be handling.
Of course others are entitled to disagree.  :)

With that said, it may be interesting to have a knob which allows for
services to be started right away if desired by the user, and if the
port supports such a situation (ie: it does not require any
configuration after the install).  The default for the user-defined knob
would be off, for at least POLA reasons.

-- WXS

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