.\" checkrestart.8 - provide a list of processes that need to be restarted
.\" Copyright (C) 2006-2014 Javier Fernandez-Sanguino
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.TH checkrestart 8 "December 19 2006" "debian\-goodies" "debian\-goodies"
checkrestart \- check which processes need to be restarted after an upgrade
.B checkrestart [ -hvpanmt ] [ -b blacklist_file ] [ -i package_name ] [ -e pid ]
program tries to determine if there are processes in the system
that need to be restarted after a system upgrade. This is necessary since an upgrade
will usually bring new system libraries and running processes will be still
using the old versions of the libraries. In \fIstable\fP Debian GNU/Linux
systems this is typically needed to eliminate a system exposure to a
vulnerability which might have been fixed by upgrading a library which that
process makes use of.
is sometimes used as an audit tool to find outdated versions of libraries in use,
particularly after security upgrades. Administrators should not, however, rely
on its output completely (see \fBBUGS\fP below).
This script needs to run as root in order to obtain the information it needs
\fB\-h\fP, \fB \-\-help\fP
Show the program help and exit.
Generate detailed output. This output includes the list of all
processes found using deleted files or descriptors as well as the deleted files
and descriptors found.
Only process deleted files that belong to a package, ignoring deleted files
which do not have an associated package in the package system.
Process all deleted files regardless of location. This makes
the program analyse deleted files even if they would be discarded
because they are located in locations, such as
, which are known to produce false positives. It will take preceded if used
simultaneously with the
Generate machine readable output. One line is printed per program which must be
restarted: "TYPE:package_name,pid,program". Where TYPE is
, if a systemd service file or an init script is available to restart the program, and
\fB\-b\fP \fIfile\fP, \fB\-\-blacklist=\fP\fIfile\fP
Read a blacklist of regular expressions from
Any files matching the patterns will be ignored. More than one pattern
can be provided by using this option more than once.
\fB\-i\fP \fIname\fP, \fB\-\-ignore=\fP\fIname\fP
Ignore services that are associated to the package name provided in
More than one package can be provided by using this option more than once.
\fB\-e\fP \fIpid\fP, \fB\-\-excludepid=\fP\fIpid\fP
Exclude processes running with
when looking for open files. This can speed up checkrestart on systems with a
large number of open files. Note: this option only works if
is not used. More than one process identifier can be provided by
using this option more than once.
Do not use
even if available. In some systems where there are large number of files the
use of lsof might be inefficient. Use this option to disable lsof. Notice also
that if lsof is not installed an alternative mechanism to extract deleted files
will be used instead. Consequently, there is no need to set this option
in systems that do not have
.BI -t, --terse
Terse output, just print the number of open deleted files and exit with a code
suitable for use by Nagios and similar monitoring tools (see Exit Status).
.SH EXIT STATUS
Normally, the program will exit with error (1) if a non-root user tries to run it. Otherwise,
it will always exit with error status 0.
If the \fI\-\-terse\fP switch is given, the exit code is 1 when there are deleted
open files and 0 when there are none. This is intended for consumption by Nagios and
similar automated monitoring tools.
Start it as user root without parameters:
Found 20 processes using old versions of upgraded files
(15 distinct programs)
(14 distinct packages)
Of these, 12 seem to contain init scripts which can be used to restart them:
The following packages seem to have init scripts that could be used to restart them:
These are the init scripts:
service gpm restart
service rpcbind restart
service bind9 restart
service ssh restart
service ntp restart
service tftpd-hpa restart
service uptimed restart
service cron restart
service postfix restart
service hddtemp restart
service autofs restart
service openbsd-inetd restart
These processes do not seem to have an associated init script to restart them:
This is another example to show the machine-readable output:
# checkrestart --machine
This program might fail if the output of the \fBlsof(8)\fP utility changes since it
depends on it to detect which deleted files are used by processes. It might
also output some false positives depending on the processes' behaviour since
it does not check yet if the (deleted) files in use are really libraries.
If you find a false positive in
please provide the following information when submitting a bug report:
The output of \fBcheckrestart\fP using the \fB-v\fP (verbose) option.
The output of running the following command as root:
lsof | egrep 'delete|DEL|path inode'
is also sensitive to the kernel version in use. And might fail to work with newer
(or older) versions.
.SH SEE ALSO
Please note that the
program uses a different logic to determine which services should be restarted
based on deleted files. Results might not be exactly the same as those provided
was written by Matt Zimmerman for the Debian GNU/Linux distribution. It was
later improved by Javier Fernandez-Sanguino with contributions from many
different users and developers of the Debian GNU/Linux distribution.
.SH COPYRIGHT AND LICENCE
Copyright (C) 2001 Matt Zimmerman <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Copyright (C) 2007,2010-2015 Javier Fernandez-Sanguino <email@example.com>
This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify
it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by
the Free Software Foundation; either version 2, or (at your option)
any later version.
On Debian systems, a copy of the GNU General Public License version 2
can be found in /usr/share/common-licenses/GPL-2.