[Pkg-dpdk-devel] dpdk service needs double opt-in by the admin

Christian Ehrhardt christian.ehrhardt at canonical.com
Mon Oct 23 06:05:16 UTC 2017

I've realized we have a double opt-in atm.
1. enable the service
2. change the config file

After install:
systemctl status dpdk
● dpdk.service - DPDK runtime environment
   Loaded: loaded (/lib/systemd/system/dpdk.service; disabled; vendor
preset: enabled)
   Active: inactive (dead)

ubuntu at node-horsea:~$ systemctl is-enabled dpdk

Not super-bad, as it is meant to be an opt-in.
But since we made the config in a way to be (mostly) a no-op by default I
wonder if we should change that.

Currently the opt-in is enabling the service + changing the conf.
This could be only changing the conf.

I think we would need a dh_systemd_enable to achive the right thing, but I
wanted to poll for opinions first.

One more detail - we currently "fix up" vm.max_map_count in any case that
has hugepages. If wanted for a default on we could guard that with a check
to the conf file.

In other places I've seen an more explicit
in the config to make it very clear to opt-in - maybe such a thing would be
ok as well.

Yet if we would do that we would have some work for upgrades.
Maybe the value not being set means enabled (as it did so far) but if the
default from the conffile is set (FALSE) it skips the service tasks.

Too much options/styles to do so, so before a  patch thoughts?

Christian Ehrhardt
Software Engineer, Ubuntu Server
Canonical Ltd
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