[LFS Trac] #2160: Bootscript functions handle stale pid files poorly

LFS Trac trac at linuxfromscratch.org
Wed Mar 12 14:14:19 PDT 2008

#2160: Bootscript functions handle stale pid files poorly
 Reporter:  dnicholson at linuxfromscratch.org  |       Owner:  lfs-book at linuxfromscratch.org
     Type:  defect                           |      Status:  new                          
 Priority:  normal                           |   Milestone:  7.0                          
Component:  Bootscripts                      |     Version:  SVN                          
 Severity:  critical                         |    Keywords:                               
 When the bootscript specifies a pid file to use with the "-p pidfile"
 argument, *proc functions currently bail out when the referenced file
 contains an invalid pid. This causes big problems on startup when loadproc
 returns successfully without actually starting the service.

 This might sound obscure, but it usually hurts me after I've had to do a
 hard boot (they happen) and all my pid files are stale. Then most services
 (my scripts always use -p when a pidfile is available) fails to start and
 I'm left with garbage. The only way to fix it is to manually hunt down and
 remove the stale pid files.

 See BLFS ticket #2408 (http://wiki.linuxfromscratch.org/blfs/ticket/2408)
 for an example.

 I'm attaching a patch which changes loadproc, killproc and reloadproc to
 warn and remove the stale pid files when they are encountered. loadproc
 then continues instead of bailing out. I ran some testcases with the
 patch, but I haven't applied the changes to my system yet.

Ticket URL: <http://wiki.linuxfromscratch.org/lfs/ticket/2160>
LFS Trac <http://wiki.linuxfromscratch.org/lfs/>
Linux From Scratch: Your Distro, Your Rules.

More information about the lfs-book mailing list