Bug 840014 - systemctl disabled sendmail comes back again after upgrade.
systemctl disabled sendmail comes back again after upgrade.
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: sendmail (Show other bugs)
x86_64 Linux
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Assigned To: Jaroslav Škarvada
Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
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Reported: 2012-07-13 09:08 EDT by Hin-Tak Leung
Modified: 2015-02-18 08:44 EST (History)
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Description Hin-Tak Leung 2012-07-13 09:08:59 EDT
Description of problem:
This seems to be a generic systemd problem: systemd-adapted services assume themselves to always run when installed, whereas I just like to have service ready & around for reference, and do not want to run them all the time. (see my other filing on rpcbind also).

In a nutshell, I found that doing
systemctl disable sendmail.service
systemctl stop sendmail.service

removes the service files from /etc/....../multi.users.wants/ , but they are readded after a unsual yum upgrade. This is wrong and not like how it was with sysv (i.e.disable service is persistent across upgrade).

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Steps to Reproduce:
1.systemctl disable sendmail.service
systemctl stop sendmail.service
2. yum upgrade
3. reboot
Actual results:
sendmail runs again.

Expected results:
disabled services remain disabled.

Additional info:
Comment 1 dominique 2012-07-30 02:53:37 EDT
Same problem with F18 rawhide.

But I don't know if it's a problem with update of sendmail or update of systemd.
Comment 2 Jaroslav Škarvada 2012-07-30 06:10:43 EDT
I am afraid it is currently not possible. The service settings is updated during upgrades according to your alternatives settings (alternatives --config mta). You need to have one system MTA, that is always active e.g. to forward important system messages to admin. There is NO MTA effort:

But AFAIK it is still not completed.

The spec could be patched not to start the MTA if there is no MTA enabled. All MTAs would have to be patched (i.e. sendmail, postfix, exim).
Comment 3 Jaroslav Škarvada 2012-07-30 06:17:15 EDT
The proposal makes sense. Moving to rawhide, because this change needs to be synchronized accross all MTAs.
Comment 4 dominique 2012-08-01 02:15:43 EDT
Just for info F18 rawhide
Today there is an update for systemd.
After reboot sendmail-service is not re-enable also I think that the problem is with sendmail package...
Comment 5 Fedora End Of Life 2013-04-03 15:26:45 EDT
This bug appears to have been reported against 'rawhide' during the Fedora 19 development cycle.
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