When I log into my machines after an apt-get upgrades, I often get this message:

  System load:  0.06              Processes:           86
  Usage of /:   28.3% of 7.75GB   Users logged in:     0
  Memory usage: 6%                IP address for eth0:
  Swap usage:   0%

  Graph this data and manage this system at:

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*** System restart required ***

Obviously, restarting a production server is not something I'm keen to do very often.

Why is *** System restart required ***? What risks do I take if I don't restart it?

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    @Parto My question is more specific than the one you've linked to - I am asking about EC2 servers.
    – Adam Matan
    Jun 16 '14 at 15:28
  • EC2 servers are a just subclass of all other Ubuntu systems. The answer is the same.
    – bain
    Jun 16 '14 at 23:01
  • I think the aim of Adam is actually to find an answer to: "what do I need to do to ensure maximum uptime?" but correct me if I'm wrong. Jun 18 '14 at 19:12