Ubuntu Software Updater just offered me a checkbox while updating libssl1.1amd64:

Restart services during package upgrades without asking?

Is this permanent or per update session? And what are the risks of it putting a spanner in my works?

(The button is, alas, not very informative.)

I can guess how this might be good and how it might potentially cause problems. Likewise, I can imagine times when it won't matter if it screws up my current workspaces + tasks, and times when I'm in the middle of something and can't risk the interruption.

So I can't really answer the question without first knowing whether by checking the box I make the choice permanent, and what risks there are to my workflow and various open docs etc. So does it, and what does it?


Two options. If the question is asked ...

  1. in a GUI/desktop it will be permanent (there tends to be an "apply" button then). There are a few exceptions: when you start something that shows a graphical guide it could be 1 time (but the examples I can think of are the installer and gparted).
  2. during a terminal action (ie. server, a tty login or a terminal prompt in a desktop) it will be 1 time only. For the option to be permanent you would need to alter a configuration file yourself.

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