#4258 Webmin doesn't show when reboot is required


I've noticed that while the Webmin update notification system works reasonably well, there are a couple of curious omissions: information shown when logging in to the Ubuntu terminal, that is not shown anywhere in Webmin. Specifically, the "restart required" and "new release available" messages.

Is there a Webmin setting I've overlooked? Is there a technical reason why Webmin can't show this information?

My own research revealed this: "The shell script /usr/share/update-notifier/notify-reboot-required updates /var/run/reboot-required and /var/run/reboot-required.pkgs." Could this information be added to the System Information page?


  • Jamie Cameron

    Jamie Cameron - 2013-06-17

    Are you seeing this after upgrading packages like the kernel, which require a reboot to activate?

  • jrivett

    jrivett - 2013-06-18

    Yes, that's when I see "restart required".

  • Jamie Cameron

    Jamie Cameron - 2013-06-19

    Thanks - I will look into adding detection of this file.

  • Jamie Cameron

    Jamie Cameron - 2013-06-20

    I just checked, and Webmin does already respect the /var/run/reboot-required file. If you install packages that result in the creation of that file, you will see a message following the package install results saying that a reboot is needed.

  • jrivett

    jrivett - 2013-06-20

    Interesting. I've never seen it, but I'll watch for it. Meanwhile, it would be really handy if it showed up on the System Information page, along with the other update status information. Another thing that would be handy to see there is the availability of new releases.

  • Jamie Cameron

    Jamie Cameron - 2013-06-21
    • status: open --> closed-fixed
  • Jamie Cameron

    Jamie Cameron - 2013-06-21

    Ok, I will add a notification that a reboot is needed in the next Webmin release.


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