Should a package restart on upgrade itself

Miroslav Lachman 000.fbsd at
Tue Jun 27 17:32:59 UTC 2017

Matthias Fechner wrote on 2017/06/27 18:29:
> 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?

Please don't do this.
Some ports did this in the past and this was really a pain during larger 
upgrades. It sometimes leave services stopped (hi MySQL).

The same bad practice is disabling / enabling Apache modules on upgrade.

pkg upgrade should just do it's work - upgrade packages on disk. But 
manipulating config files and restart of services is up to me - the 
Administrator (or my tools).

It would be nice to have some kind of "hooks" in pkg, which can be used 
to notify deployment tools that some services should be (re)started, or 
do restart in some simpler environment if user allows this (setup hooks 
for service restart).
But is must not be done automatically for individual ports / packages 
even if maintainer thinks it is Good Idea (tm)

Miroslav Lachman

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