I use latest Ubuntu 18.04 LAMP but might as well use Debian LAMP or CentOS or something else common.

To restart Apache2 I do:

systemctl restart apache2

But say "tomorrow" this changes the apache2 changes to apache3 or apache-3 or just apache.

What will be the most correct way to prevent a fail in restart? I assume this shell-glob is good:

systemctl restart apache*

Will you use this way as well, or something else?


It will not just magically change.

When it comes to apache for Debian/Ubuntu/Mint or httpd for Fedora/RHEL/CentOS, updates keep the same name with only the version number changing so the service unit will be the same. If a new release comes out such as apache3, that will be a different package and you'll have to configure and set that one up if you want to run a web server with it. apache2 will stay the same. httpd and httpd24 for Fedora/RHEL/CentOS are different packages and installing the latter doesn't change anything with the former.

In regards to some of your comments, apt-get upgrade will upgrade the package to its latest version. It will install new packages for dependencies if necessary but it won't remove or change existing packages.

  • This sounds to me a bit disturbing, pushes me more away from vanilla-Bash and towards Ansible (or I'm wrong here as well?). – JohnDoea Nov 18 '18 at 1:24
  • Wouldn't running upgrade lamp-server^ -y again when Apache-3 comes out transduce my Apache? – JohnDoea Nov 18 '18 at 1:26
  • Crap, maybe I need a Vagrant-Ansible-Docker stack after all, or maybe becoming more flexible with vanilla-Bash, I'm not sure. – JohnDoea Nov 18 '18 at 1:27
  • Nasir could I speak with you in person please, I feel a bit lost between the options, I'll gladly share with you my GitHub account and the four small scripts I wrote. Your advice could help me much... – JohnDoea Nov 18 '18 at 1:28
  • @JohnDoea Join me in chat. – Nasir Riley Nov 18 '18 at 1:35

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