Should a package restart on upgrade itself

Baptiste Daroussin bapt at
Tue Jun 27 16:35:03 UTC 2017

On Tue, Jun 27, 2017 at 06:29:24PM +0200, Matthias Fechner wrote:
> Dear all,
> it is always a pain if pkg upgrade a lot of packages to restart all
> services to make sure update/security fixes are applied to all running
> services.
> Is there an option in pkg that it restart services automatically or is
> it OK if I would add a post-install script to the packages (I maintain)
> that will include a "service foo restart"?
> What is best practice here?
A package self upgrading might cause issues: plugins not yet updated (hi
dovecot), or services requiring an upgrade procedure. So activating a self
restart of the service by default is a bad idea.

service -R command can simplify the procedure for the admin given it restarts
all services already started.

Another option is to activate an option of pkg(8) off by default:
in /usr/local/etc/pkg.conf

which will automatically restart the services on upgrade.

In the futur it is planed to move this into a trigger (executed at the end of
the entire upgrade process) which will solve the "dovecot" issue, but not the
one where upgrading requires a procedure.

Best regards,
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