Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 69138
Init.d scripts: [force-]reload not consistend
Last modified: 2014-03-16 22:29:00 EDT
Description of Problem:
It is not clear what happens if one uses "force-reload" or "reload" when
the daemon is not running. Basically two things happen: (a) the service
is started and (b) nothing happens.
Please try to be consistend and to try to find a common opinion with the
Linux Standard Base. See gLSB-Bug
At this point, this isn't somethign we'll change in house.
Current gLSB 2.0-pre version:
reload - cause the configuration of the service to be reloaded without
actually stopping and restarting the service
force-reload - cause the configuration to be reloaded if the service
supports this, otherwise restart the service if it is running
The "if it is running" makes clear that [force-]reload should not
start a service which is not running.