proftpd service failed to restart

Bug #1246245 reported by Goldhead on 2013-10-30
This bug affects 37 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
proftpd-dfsg (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

proftpd-basic 1.3.5~rc3-2 from Ubuntu 13.10
proftpd-basic 1.3.5~rc3-2.1ubuntu2 from Ubuntu 14.04

Init script from proftpd-basic package contains the BUG: when you run /etc/init.d/proftpd restart it fails because of there is the race between pidfile removal and start() which checks pidfile existency:

ProFTPD is started in standalone mode, currently running.
root@aa:~# /etc/init.d/proftpd restart
 * Stopping ftp server proftpd [ OK ]
 * Starting ftp server proftpd [ OK ]
root@aa:~# /etc/init.d/proftpd status
ProFTPD is started in standalone mode, currently not running.

the next workaround helps:

--- /etc/init.d/proftpd.orig 2013-10-30 13:52:46.791265726 +0400
+++ /etc/init.d/proftpd 2013-10-30 13:52:57.456265698 +0400
@@ -107,6 +107,7 @@
     if [ -f "$PIDFILE" ]; then
        start-stop-daemon --stop --signal $SIGNAL --quiet --pidfile "$PIDFILE"
+ sleep 1
         if [ $? = 0 ]; then
                log_end_msg 0

Please, fix.

Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

Status changed to 'Confirmed' because the bug affects multiple users.

Changed in proftpd-dfsg (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed

Thanks Goldhead.
Your patch works perfectly.

Merlijn Hofstra (mhofstra) wrote :

This bug is also still present in 14.04

I tend to think that "sleep 1" is somewhat ugly in the init script, this solution works for me:

@@ -106,7 +106,7 @@
     if [ -f "$PIDFILE" ]; then
- start-stop-daemon --stop --signal $SIGNAL --quiet --pidfile "$PIDFILE"
+ start-stop-daemon --stop --signal $SIGNAL --retry 1 --quiet --pidfile "$PIDFILE"
      if [ $? = 0 ]; then
          log_end_msg 0

Thanks Merlijn, your patch works. IMHO your patch is a good way to really fix the race condition.

On Wed, Mar 19, 2014 at 02:11:36AM -0000, joelparkerhenderson wrote:
> Thanks Merlijn, your patch works. IMHO your patch is a good way to
> really fix the race condition.

Sorry, not. Adding sleeping seconds is the wrong way of fixing initscripts.
You should instead use the provided interface in start-stop-daemon via --retry.

Francesco P. Lovergine

Merlijn Hofstra (mhofstra) wrote :

Hello Francesco,

That's why I submitted a revised patch that does use --retry rather than a sleep. Could you please merge this into the release for 14.04 as this bug is causing me some headaches? :-)

PRISMA Computer GmbH (j-infr-9) wrote :

This solution worked also for me (except I had to edit start-stop-daemon line by hand, I had problems with the diff file itself). But it is not merged in package until 2014-04-07.

Very sad. This bug leads to logrotate is killing proftpd.

description: updated

On Tue, May 06, 2014 at 12:00:46PM -0000, Alexander Birkner wrote:
> - fi
> - if [ -f "$PIDFILE" ]; then
> - start-stop-daemon --stop --signal $SIGNAL --quiet --pidfile "$PIDFILE"
> +      fi
> +      if [ -f "$PIDFILE" ]; then
> +         start-stop-daemon --stop --signal $SIGNAL --quiet --pidfile "$PIDFILE"
> + sleep 1

Unfortunately this is non-solution because timing depends on current load. It
just mitigates the issue, not solves it. And it is a non sense with systemd,
which probably is able to manage better the whole process

> - if [ $? = 0 ]; then
> - log_end_msg 0
> - else
> +          if [ $? = 0 ]; then
> +                 log_end_msg 0
> +         else
> ---
> Please, fix.

Francesco P. Lovergine

Joel (joel-forsberg) wrote :

I just had logrotate trigger this bug on 14.04 (since it supposedly cannot just reload)

Added a re-worked patch, please review.

tags: added: patch
Joel (joel-forsberg) wrote :

I had a mistake, new patch.

The attachment "proftp.patch" seems to be a patch. If it isn't, please remove the "patch" flag from the attachment, remove the "patch" tag, and if you are a member of the ~ubuntu-reviewers, unsubscribe the team.

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Joel (joel-forsberg) wrote :

I should probably read up on how to make a patch to the right codebase.

tags: removed: patch
Joel (joel-forsberg) wrote :

Upstream already had changed the init script, but I don't understand it fully.

(looking at master, commit b63ec2128f324610404efa991456b6206095531d File: debian/proftp-basic.init )
My questions:
1) Why exit if $2 is 0? (row 118)
2) Is it necessary to call start-stop-daemon twice if the first it exits with nonzero return value? (row 111 and 115)
3) row 123 looks wrong, attaching simple patch.
4) what is missing to close this ticket and make a corrected .deb? I'm willing to help but know little.

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