needrestart 1.1

Posted on 2014-08-16 in Projects • 1 min read

needrestart checks which daemons need to be restarted after library upgrades. It is inspired by checkrestart from the debian-goodies package.

needrestart supports but does not require systemd. If systemd is not available or does not return a service name needrestart uses hooks to identify the corresponding System V init script. The shipped hooks support the following package managers:

  • dpkg
  • rpm
  • pacman

The service command is used to run the tradiditional System V init script.

Changes in 1.1

  • Ignore DHCP clients. (Debian Bug#752111 by Axel Beckert <>)
  • Add options allowing to select which check should be performed. (Proposed by Axel Beckert <>)

See also