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The conntrackd daemon can be started wrongly
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We have (at least) three different sources for controlling conntrackd daemon state:

  • /usr/libexec/vyos/conf_mode/ uses systemctl restart conntrackd.service
  • /etc/logrotate.d/conntrackd uses invoke-rc.d conntrackd restart that normally is transparently translated to the systemctl command
  • /usr/libexec/vyos/ uses $CONNTRACKD_BIN -C $CONNTRACKD_CONFIG -d try to start the daemon if cannot receive statistics from it, what not always mean that conntrackd is not running. And it uses the wrong path to a configuration. Because of this, in the worst case we may get two daemons running at the same time:

root      7546  0.0  0.2  11776  2584 ?        Ss   14:47   0:00 /usr/sbin/conntrackd -C /etc/conntrackd/conntrackd.conf -d
root      7994  1.7  0.7  15680  7256 ?        Ss   14:47   0:00 /usr/sbin/conntrackd -C /run/conntrackd/conntrackd.conf

We may analyze the logic - maybe we can avoid starting the conntrackd from at all. But the very quick fix for the problem is using the systemctl restart conntrackd.service there, like in other places. Systemd should take care of the rest.


Difficulty level
Easy (less than an hour)
1.4, 1.3
Why the issue appeared?
Will be filled on close
Is it a breaking change?
Perfectly compatible
Issue type
Bug (incorrect behavior)

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If the solution is so simple, whats the issue? from what I understand it's just a matter of working on:

ie make sure that the service is running before restarting it, right?

c-po changed the task status from Open to Needs testing.Mar 5 2022, 8:41 AM
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