Is a restart REALLY required after an upgrade?

Clive Menzies clive at
Tue Apr 11 16:37:53 UTC 2006

On (12/04/06 01:08), Craig Hagerman wrote:
> I am using Dapper Drake. I have been running apt-get update and
> apt-get dist-upgrade once a week or so to make sure everything is up
> to date. There is a new icon in Dapper in that says "restart
> required". If you mouse over it it tells you that some security
> updates won't be effective until you restart.
> What is up with this. I have another machine running debian unstable.
> It has been up for months, through many upgrades with no need to
> restart. I was under the impression that *nix systems didn't need to
> be restarted unless you wanted to switch to using a newer kernel. Can
> someone tell me - do I REALLY have to restart the machine after an
> upgrade? and if so why?

Any kernel changes, other than loading new modules, would require a



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