[Bug 683640] Re: status_of_proc is returning incorrect error code

Adam Stokes adam.stokes at canonical.com
Fri Sep 21 15:05:58 UTC 2012

** Patch added: "lsb_4.0-0ubuntu20.1.precise.debdiff"

** Changed in: lsb (Ubuntu Precise)
     Assignee: (unassigned) => Adam Stokes (adam-stokes)

** Changed in: lsb (Ubuntu Precise)
       Status: Confirmed => In Progress

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  status_of_proc is returning incorrect error code

Status in “lsb” package in Ubuntu:
  Fix Released
Status in “lsb” source package in Lucid:
Status in “lsb” source package in Natty:
Status in “lsb” source package in Oneiric:
Status in “lsb” source package in Precise:
  In Progress
Status in “lsb” source package in Quantal:
  Fix Released

Bug description:
  Binary package hint: lsb

  When status_of_proc is called with -p $PIDFILE and the service is not
  presently started, error code 4 is always returned because the process
  does not have the PID file existant until it is started, and it's
  deleted after stopping.

  This fails LSB compliance because it should report 0 if the service is
  stopped as expected.

  status_of_proc should /optionally/ check if a pid file exists or not,
  not make it mandatory to exist before throwing an error code. If pid
  file does exist, check it, verify it's associated with $DAEMON, and if
  not try to determine if the process is actually running under a
  different pid, if not, then return error code 0 because it is
  determined that it is /not/ running.

  Error code 4 in LSB is reserved for total permanent failure that
  requires manual intervention to correct. Such as, the process daemon
  isn't executable due to permissions, or it tried to start but fails..
  error code 4 is likely never used on checking status is very basic.
  Either it's running, or it's not. That's all status_of_proc should
  report, nothing more, nothing less.

  ProblemType: Bug
  DistroRelease: Ubuntu 10.04
  Package: lsb-base 4.0-0ubuntu8
  ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 2.6.32-26.48-server
  Uname: Linux 2.6.32-26-server x86_64
  Architecture: amd64
  Date: Wed Dec  1 08:27:21 2010
  InstallationMedia: Ubuntu-Server 10.04.1 LTS "Lucid Lynx" - Release amd64 (20100816.2)
  PackageArchitecture: all
  SourcePackage: lsb

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