serivce --status-all reports ? for services that do support "status"

Bug #718013 reported by Chris Thomas (CTho) on 2011-02-13
This bug affects 4 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
sysvinit (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Binary package hint: sysvinit

I get a lot of question marks when I run "service --status-all", even for things that i know support status through the script in init.d. Some debugging:

$ lsb_release -rd
Description: Ubuntu 10.10
Release: 10.10

This doesn't work properly:

$ service --status-all 2>&1 | grep myth
 [ ? ] mythtv-backend

This is how it decides to print a question mark:
                        if ! grep -qs "\Wstatus)" "$SERVICE"; then

$ grep "\Wstatus)" mythtv-backend


$ grep ^status mythtv-backend

A quick hack fix:

$ diff -u `which service` /tmp/service
--- /usr/sbin/service 2010-11-01 11:36:01.000000000 -0500
+++ /tmp/service 2011-02-12 23:22:46.000000000 -0600
@@ -74,7 +74,7 @@
                 if ! is_ignored_file "${SERVICE}" \
       && [ -x "${SERVICEDIR}/${SERVICE}" ]; then
- if ! grep -qs "\Wstatus)" "$SERVICE"; then
+ if ! egrep -qs "\Wstatus\)|^status\)" "$SERVICE"; then
                           #printf " %s %-60s %s\n" "[?]" "$SERVICE:" "unknown" 1>&2
                           echo " [ ? ] $SERVICE" 1>&2

New behavior:

$ /tmp/service --status-all 2>&1 | grep myth
 [ + ] mythtv-backend

Thanks. Hopefully this is enough info.

Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

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

Changed in sysvinit (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
Cassio Martini (cassiomartini) wrote :

I also get a lot of question marks, for things I would expect service should know about, as they come standard in Ubuntu, such as network-manager, ufw, etc.

Matthew Hillman (mhillman159) wrote :

I have quite a few question marks to things that I know are running, some of them are running through apps and some through command line start commands, both show as ? in the status.

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