The find_outdated_services Script
Valid for versions 82 through the latest version
Last modified: February 4, 2021
After a system update, cPanel & WHM runs the
/usr/local/cpanel/scripts/find_outdated_services script. This script checks all services to determine whether they require a restart. An outdated service is any service that depends on a library that is no longer present on the system.
This script ignores the following services:
The script ignores the
pop services because the Dovecot
lmtp service handles them.
Run the script
To run this script on the command line, use the following format:
Use the following options with this script:
||The script locates and restarts any outdated services. By default, the script prompts you to restart outdated services.||
||The script locates any outdated services but will not restart them.||
||By default, the script uses this option when it runs as part of the
The ignore_outdated_services file
This script uses the
/etc/cpanel/local/ignore_outdated_services file to exclude certain services from the script’s check. To exclude a service from this script, add it to the file.
The script does not apply this exclusion list to the
/etc/cpanel/local/ignore_outdated_services file uses the following format:
- Use the pound character (
#) at the beginning of a line to mark it as a comment.
- Enter only one service per line.
The service name must match its name as it appears in the process table. Use the
pscommand with the necessary flags to list processes (for example,
- Use Unix line endings (
\n) to separate service entries.
- The system skips blank lines.
To block the
cloud-final services from restart checks, create the
mkdir -p /etc/cpanel/local
Next, create the
/etc/cpanel/local/ignore_outdated_services file and add the
cloud-final services with the following command:
echo -e "# Prevent cPanel from checking the cloud-init and cloud-final services\ncloud-init\ncloud-final" >> /etc/cpanel/local/ignore_outdated_services
The file’s contents will resemble the following: