Are system updates without reboots possible?

Steve O'Hara-Smith steve at
Thu Mar 10 13:13:35 UTC 2016

On Thu, 10 Mar 2016 12:04:05 +0000
Arthur Chance <freebsd at> wrote:

> The latest security advisory on openssl contains the usual mantra
> "Restart all deamons using the library, or reboot the system."
> I usually just reboot but find myself wondering if there's a reliable 
> *automatic* way of identifying which running programs use any given 
> library (or set of libraries), and identify whether or not they're 
> daemons controlled by service(8).
> I suppose root could use ps and ldd to identify affected programs, but 
> this seems like brute force and I can't see how to tie into the 
> service(8) structure.
> Anybody got ideas on this? It could be useful for updating servers you'd 
> rather not reboot.

	You could just apply brute force and use service -R to restart all
services or reboot if the update included a new kernel. Overkill but safe.

Steve O'Hara-Smith <steve at>

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