Subject: Re: Clean shutdown of services in /etc/rc.d
To: Gr?goire Sutre <>
From: Luke Mewburn <>
List: tech-userlevel
Date: 11/04/2003 10:29:49
On Mon, Nov 03, 2003 at 06:54:49PM +0100, Gr?goire Sutre wrote:
  | Hi,
  | I'm not sure whether this is the right place to post this
  | suggestion, so please forgive me if it's not... I'm running NetBSD
  | 1.6.1_STABLE by the way.
  | I'm trying to fix the default "/etc/rc.d/dhclient stop" behavior,
  | so that instead of killing dhclient, dhclient -r is tried first.
  | Indeed, calling dhclient -r seems to allow dhclient to revert some
  | modifications it did when it was started (for instance restoring
  | resolv.conf which was backed up).
  | See:

As a side issue, is there any reason we don't always run "dhclient -r"
when "stop"ping dhclient?

  | I believe it would be nice if a service file could tell, using a variable, 
  | how to cleanly shutdown itself. This variable would be of the same kind as 
  | stop_precmd or stop_cmd, so it could be called for instance "stop_cleancmd".

That's what "stop" is for.
I'm not (yet) convinced that there's a need for yet more "kitchen sink"
functionality in rc.subr(8) for what is at best a single special case.