When running neo4j as a
systemd service is there any way to reload the configuration and certificates in particular without a full restart of the db?
Here is the documentation (little sparse?):
And here is my config:
Description=a graph database
Any thoughts on how to reload certificates in neo4j without a full restart? As this triggers an outage and a page cache reload.
Unfortunately, no. Reloading certificates and configuration requires a full restart.
There are a handful of neo4j dynamic configuration options that can be changed while the server runs, but many system-critical ones are not included in the dynamic set.
This topic came up again as we're looking at clustering Neo4j 4.1.1 - from reading the updated article:
do we need to actually restart the database or is the certificate periodically reloaded without us restarting neo4j's systemd process? Such that all the cronjob or other orchestrator needs to do is update the certificate?
I'm assuming that you still need to bounce the server to get the new certs in.
If this is a cluster, you can bounce one server with systemd at a time, and not cause a complete outage. This is also how you would upgrade neo4j without the cluster being unavailable. See: Upgrade a Causal Cluster to a 4.x patch release - Upgrade and Migration Guide