rc script problem - pidfile not being recognised

RW rwmaillists at googlemail.com
Sat Sep 12 11:28:05 UTC 2015

On Sat, 12 Sep 2015 01:46:23 +0200
Michelle Sullivan wrote:

> Roger Marquis wrote:
> > RW via freebsd-ports wrote:
> >> It needs both. It won't use just the pid file because the pid
> >> might have been reassigned to another process if the original
> >> daemon died without deleting its pid file.
> >
> > Why would this rc script *require* a command_interpreter variable
> > to use the pidfile variable?  I'm curious because this violates
> > KIS, the principle of least surprise and few rc scripts seem to
> > have this variable defined.
> >
> > Using command_interpreter is good to be sure, for for the reason
> > listed, but rc scripts should not fail if it is undefined.
> +1 to that.

You'd rather an rc script fails at run-time and shuts down the wrong
daemon than fail when the script is being developed?

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