[systemd-devel] Temporarily stopping a service while oneshot is running

Ian Pilcher arequipeno at gmail.com
Tue Mar 21 12:47:59 UTC 2017

I have a oneshot service (run from a timer) that updates the TLS
certificates in my mod_nss database.  Because NSS doesn't support
concurrent access to the database, I need to temporarily shut down
Apache while the certificate update service is running.

Currently, I'm using the following entries in my .service file to
accomplish this:

   Description=Update TLS certificates in mod_nss database
   # Restart Apache, even if this service fails for some reason

   # Shut down Apache to avoid concurrent access to the mod_nss database
   ExecStartPre=/usr/bin/systemctl stop httpd.service
   ExecStartPost=/usr/bin/systemctl start httpd.service

Is this the best way to do this?  (I can't escape the feeling that there
ought to be a more idiomatic way of accomplishing this.)

Ian Pilcher                                         arequipeno at gmail.com
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