[debian-mysql] Bug#621020: really? (Debian Policy and LSB)

Raphael Hertzog hertzog at debian.org
Wed Apr 11 20:04:31 UTC 2012


On Wed, 11 Apr 2012, Nicholas Bamber wrote:
> Hmm... This contradicts section 6.1 of the Debian policy.
> "The package management system looks at the exit status from these
> scripts. It is important that they exit with a non-zero status if

Here "these scripts" refer to "package maintainer scripts"
({pre,post}{inst,rm}) and not to "init scripts". So there's no

The problem of using "set -e" in init script is even documented
in policy 9.3.2:

| Be careful of using set -e in init.d scripts. Writing correct init.d
| scripts requires accepting various error exit statuses when daemons are
| already running or already stopped without aborting the init.d script, and
| common init.d function libraries are not safe to call with set -e in
| effect[72]. For init.d scripts, it's often easier to not use set -e and
| instead check the result of each command separately. 
| [72] /lib/lsb/init-functions, which assists in writing LSB-compliant
| init scripts, may fail if set -e is in effect and echoing status messages
| to the console fails, for example. 

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