Bug#438779: boinc-client: update of package should not start new version automatically

Frank S. Thomas frank at thomas-alfeld.de
Sun Sep 2 14:59:55 UTC 2007

Hi Steffen,

On Thursday 30 August 2007, Steffen Moeller wrote:
> > On Sunday 19 August 2007, Steffen Moeller wrote:

> > > was preferable to start the client post installation only
> > >  * when there was no prior installation of boinc-client
> > >  * there was a prior installation and it was running when the update
> > >    was initiated.

> [...] It does not resolve the issue of the client starting unasked with a
> first installation [...]

This is a contradiction, isn't it? It _should_ be started unasked with a first 

However, you propose to not restart the client on upgrades if it was not 
running when the update was initiated. Ok, on upgrades the client is stopped 
in the prerm of the old package and started in the postinst of the new 
package. How would you know in the postinst then whether the client was 
stopped by prerm or it was not running before the upgrade was initiated. For 
me it seems that this will add some complexity to the maintainer scripts, but 
if you are going to implement this I'm all right with it. :-)

BTW: dh_installinit has the --no-restart-on-upgrade option but this is not 
exactly what you want because it will never restart the client on upgrades.


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