Linux servers generally don’t need to reboot that often. Normally they should only reboot after the kernel is patched or is upgraded. To determine if there is a pending reboot on a Linux server, just check if the following file exists.
If it doesn’t exist, then the server does not need to be rebooted.
A nice easy Bash script can also check for this:
if [ -f /var/run/reboot-required ]; then
- echo ‘System needs to be rebooted’*