Op mode words

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Top level operational mode words use should be standardized to avoid confusion about their effect.

Back then at Vyatta there was a lengthy discussion about it that led to the following scheme:

  • clear should be used for non-disruptive operations.
  • reset should be used for disruptive operations that don't stop service completely.
  • restart should be used for operations that stop service completely and bring it back.


  • Clearing interface counters. Doesn't affect operations, should be "clear".
  • Restarting a BGP session. Takes the session, but not the whole BGP process down temporarily, should be "reset".
  • Restarting web proxy. The system ceases to serve any proxy requests temporarily, should be "restart".