Merge ~ahasenack/ubuntu/+source/nfs-utils:hirsute-nfs-utils-restart-1928259 into ubuntu/+source/nfs-utils:ubuntu/hirsute-devel

Proposed by Andreas Hasenack
Status: Merged
Approved by: Andreas Hasenack
Approved revision: b9d22b1788ca48200d58b3d7fc7a80c3a2eb6312
Merged at revision: b9d22b1788ca48200d58b3d7fc7a80c3a2eb6312
Proposed branch: ~ahasenack/ubuntu/+source/nfs-utils:hirsute-nfs-utils-restart-1928259
Merge into: ubuntu/+source/nfs-utils:ubuntu/hirsute-devel
Diff against target: 29 lines (+11/-0)
2 files modified
debian/changelog (+7/-0)
debian/nfs-common.postinst (+4/-0)
Reviewer Review Type Date Requested Status
Christian Ehrhardt  (community) Approve
Dan Streetman Pending
Canonical Server Pending
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Description of the change


sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ahasenack/nfs-utils-restart-1928259

To test, follow the testing procedure in the linked bug, or, for a more detailed test, the SRU bug #1927745 and confirm that rpc.gssd was restarted after the package upgrade (different pid).

This is an attempt to fix the linked bug in the less intrusive way possible, because I want to use the same fix for an SRU all the way back to bionic.

The goal of this fix is to mark nfs-utils.service as "started", so that the debhelper postinst section will correctly restart it on upgrade.

Key aspects of this fix:
- nfs-utils.service is a "fake" service meant to control other units that declare PartOf=nfs-utils.service. It's ExecStart is simply /bin/true. There is also no [Install] section, so it can't be enabled as-is
- PartOf only has effect on "stop" and "restart":
  Configures dependencies similar to Requires=, but limited to stopping and restarting of units. When systemd stops or restarts the units listed here, the action is propagated to this unit. Note that this is a one-way dependency — changes to this unit do not affect the listed units.

This last bit is kind of crucial: it means that the "start" action has no effect on units linked via PartOf. It will just mark nfs-utils.service itself as being started (and it only runs /bin/true).

I tested this in some scenarios to make sure that the "start" action isn't starting anything by itself, and that remains true as far as I can see. The only thing that is flagged as started is nfs-utils.service itself, but just because of its RemainAfterExit=yes.

I also tested this when one of the services declaring PartOf=nfs-utils.service was masked or disabled, and it worked as expected. In both cases (masked or disabled) the service didn't start.

Another test I did was if nfs-utils.service was masked. In that case, the postinst complained about it, didn't error, and no dependent services were restarted at the end of the package upgrade, which is what I expected.

Still, this is probably not the way upstream intended for this to work (these systemd service files come from upstream, and Debian and Fedora are also affected by this bug). But a bigger surgery on all these systemd service files is out of scope for the SRU.

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Christian Ehrhardt  (paelzer) wrote :

Thank you Andreas, I generally agree to the discussion so far of 2not being the nicest, but the least invasive way". For the SRU that appears to be the right way.

The only yet umentioned test case IMHO was how it behaves after a system restart (as the test started rpc-gssd.service manually. But that worked fine. Also a disabled & stopped rpc-gssd.service behaved as expected (stayed shut down).

Thereby +1 to the proposed change

review: Approve
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Andreas Hasenack (ahasenack) wrote :

Thanks, tagging and uploading:

09:21 $ head -n 1 debian/changelog
nfs-utils (1:1.3.4-4ubuntu2.1) hirsute; urgency=medium
✔ ~/git/packages/nfs-utils/nfs-utils [hirsute-nfs-utils-restart-1928259 ↑·2|✔]
09:21 $ git describe HEAD
✔ ~/git/packages/nfs-utils/nfs-utils [hirsute-nfs-utils-restart-1928259 ↑·2|✔]
09:21 $ git push pkg upload/1%1.3.4-4ubuntu2.1
Enumerating objects: 13, done.
Counting objects: 100% (13/13), done.
Delta compression using up to 4 threads
Compressing objects: 100% (9/9), done.
Writing objects: 100% (9/9), 1.29 KiB | 47.00 KiB/s, done.
Total 9 (delta 6), reused 0 (delta 0), pack-reused 0
To ssh://
 * [new tag] upload/1%1.3.4-4ubuntu2.1 -> upload/1%1.3.4-4ubuntu2.1

$ dput ubuntu ../nfs-utils_1.3.4-4ubuntu2.1_source.changes
Checking signature on .changes
gpg: ../nfs-utils_1.3.4-4ubuntu2.1_source.changes: Valid signature from AC983EB5BF6BCBA9
Checking signature on .dsc
gpg: ../nfs-utils_1.3.4-4ubuntu2.1.dsc: Valid signature from AC983EB5BF6BCBA9
Uploading to ubuntu (via ftp to
  Uploading nfs-utils_1.3.4-4ubuntu2.1.dsc: done.
  Uploading nfs-utils_1.3.4-4ubuntu2.1.debian.tar.xz: done.
  Uploading nfs-utils_1.3.4-4ubuntu2.1_source.buildinfo: done.
  Uploading nfs-utils_1.3.4-4ubuntu2.1_source.changes: done.
Successfully uploaded packages.

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1diff --git a/debian/changelog b/debian/changelog
2index a240872..6840c01 100644
3--- a/debian/changelog
4+++ b/debian/changelog
5@@ -1,3 +1,10 @@
6+nfs-utils (1:1.3.4-4ubuntu2.1) hirsute; urgency=medium
8+ * d/nfs-common.postinst: always start nfs-utils.service, so the restart in
9+ the #DEBHELPER# section can do its job if needed (LP: #1928259)
11+ -- Andreas Hasenack <> Mon, 24 May 2021 17:57:04 -0300
13 nfs-utils (1:1.3.4-4ubuntu2) hirsute; urgency=medium
15 * Depend on when starting services. (LP: #1918141)
16diff --git a/debian/nfs-common.postinst b/debian/nfs-common.postinst
17index da6ffcb..28e9d31 100644
18--- a/debian/nfs-common.postinst
19+++ b/debian/nfs-common.postinst
20@@ -43,6 +43,10 @@ case "$1" in
21 if [ -f /lib/init/rw/sendsigs.omit.d/statd ]; then
22 mv /lib/init/rw/sendsigs.omit.d/statd /run/sendsigs.omit.d/statd
23 fi
25+ # always "start" nfs-utils.service, so package upgrades will restart it,
26+ # see LP: #1928259
27+ systemctl start nfs-utils.service > /dev/null || true
28 ;;
29 esac


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