Bug 229248 - "service crond reload" isn't functional and should be removed
Summary: "service crond reload" isn't functional and should be removed
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: anacron
Version: 6
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Marcela Mašláňová
QA Contact: Brock Organ
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2007-02-19 19:10 UTC by Dave Ludlow
Modified: 2007-11-30 22:11 UTC (History)
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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2007-04-04 14:45:32 UTC
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Patch to remove "reload" option from service file (614 bytes, patch)
2007-02-19 19:10 UTC, Dave Ludlow
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Description Dave Ludlow 2007-02-19 19:10:32 UTC
Description of problem:
When executing "service crond reload" it responds ""Reloading cron daemon
configuration: " and then sends a HUP signal to the crond daemon.  The problem
is that the crond daemon doesn't reload it's configuration upon receiving HUP as
many daemons do.  It's man page states that it closes and reopens it's log files

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

How reproducible:
Every time

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Add a line like "* * * * * root /bin/touch /tmp/foo" to /etc/crontab.
2. Execute "service crond reload".
3. Wait a minute.
4. Look for /tmp/foo file - it never gets created.
5. Execute "service crond restart".
6. Wait a minute.
7. Look for /tmp/foo file - now it's there.

Actual results:
/tmp/foo is not created unless crond is restarted.

Expected results:
/tmp/foo gets created within a minute

Additional info:
Since there is no signal that will cause crond to reload its configuration, the
reload command cannot be made to work without making it a redundant version of
the restart command.  Suggest simply removing the reload command.

Removing this might break scripts that depend on it - but those scripts weren't
working anyway.

Comment 1 Dave Ludlow 2007-02-19 19:10:32 UTC
Created attachment 148358 [details]
Patch to remove "reload" option from service file

Comment 2 Marcela Mašláňová 2007-03-13 11:08:40 UTC
I had similar problem in devel. I added some patches from devel to FC-6 last
week, so try update and let me know. I try it and works for me.
The problem was proper reading jobs from all queries.

Comment 3 Marcela Mašláňová 2007-04-04 14:45:32 UTC
Use standart paths like /etc/cron.* or use crontab -e.

/etc/crontab is part of package crontabs and his primary use isn't scheduling
jobs as you've mentioned.

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