rcrun reload

Chris Turner c.turner at 199technologies.org
Fri Feb 4 00:18:55 PST 2011

Pierre Abbat wrote:
I modified a script so that it takes the "reload" argument, which the program 
supports, and then tried to use it:
. ..
How come "rcrun reload" doesn't work?
looks like rcrun itself doesn't support reload -

> usage: rcrun
> start|stop|restart|rcvar|list|forcestart|faststart|disable|enable
I'd suggest using either the 'restart' target or maybe 'faststart'
in your tor rc script to do the reload -
alternately you could of course run:
/etc/rc.d/tor reload

directly as you demonstrated.

the rc scripts themselves are shell scripts so the usual

sh -x <script> <args>

to trace execution, etc. should apply -

for example:

sh -x /sbin/rcrun reload tor

to see the details of the particular error you saw

main ones are /sbin/rcrun as you have found,
/etc/rc, and /etc/rc.subr (common subroutines)
of course the usual rc, rc.conf, rcorder, rcrun,
etc. manual pages are a good place to look as well
as of course the dragonfly handbook

although the associated 'rcrun' managment scripts
are a dragonfly creation, The rc.d infrastructure
originally comes from NetBSD -
which has some good docs which are mostly applicable -

there's also a PDF about the design as well as the
evolution / history from which is quite excellent
in the above URL
ok. I stop the blabbing. As someone who has had
to try and package SysV init S & K softlinkk configurations,
I get a bit exited about rcng and tend to ramble.
cheers and good luck

- Chris

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