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Re: Restart on if something changed?

From: Brendan Strejcek
Subject: Re: Restart on if something changed?
Date: Thu, 26 Jan 2006 10:32:00 -0600
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> How can I tell a process to restart only if a certain file has
> changed?
> We just changed the way our login banners are supposed to occur.
> Before, they appeared prior to login, so I could just use the
> sshd_config file and specify an banner in the file. Now, I need to
> present the banner after login. In order to do this, I need to restart
> sshd. But, I don't want to restart sshd during the middle of the day
> or when the sshd_config file hasn't changed.

How are you updating sshd_config? If it is via a cfengine copy action,
you can define a class in that statement and then make your processes or
shellcommands action conditional upon that class. If you are updating
the file with a system that is not under cfengine control, you can
maintain a datestamp file separate from the sshd_config file, and
restart sshd (along with updating the datestamp file) if the last
modified time of the sshd_config file is more recent than the last
modified time of the datestamp file. If you choose that strategy, you
will probably want to use the IsNewerThan evaluated class. You can
find details on that at:

Let me know if you want some example cfengine code for this.


Senior System Administrator
The University of Chicago
Department of Computer Science

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