Updates and Changes to Droplet - Gunicorn Command

Hello, I was wondering whether it is better after making changes such as uploading updated files to my droplet (Ubuntu Server) should I do which command for Gunicorn restart:

PID=$(systemctl show --value -p MainPID gunicorn.service) && kill -HUP $PID

or ~

sudo systemctl restart gunicorn

I’ve been using the second command with no issues, but am wondering whether it is better to get the process ID and kill it?

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April 20, 2022
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Hi @mpasquali,

It’s a lot better to restart gunicorn using systemctl restart gunicorn rather than using the kill command.

THe kill command shouldn’t be such a problem as it sends a signal to the app to shutdown itself but using systemctl is preferable.

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