Good idea to reboot Rock periodically?

As a Windows user, I have gotten into a habit of rebooting the machine from time to time. It seems to make things run better. (Of course with all the updates that Microsoft sends out, that rebooting is largely done for me.)
Is it a good idea to reboot the Rock every so often?

Generally, it’s not necessary to reboot Linux systems unless there’s a kernel upgrade or (some) security patches. I believe ROCK will auto-update–hopefully a ROCK user can confirm this–and will not need any intervention from you.

No only windows needs that.
Funny that we think that is the norm now but it shouldn’t be.

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I have Linux virtual machines that have been running for many years without issue. Windows, not so much.

Despite any Linux advice to the contrary, rebooting my ROCK running NUC on occasion has alleviated some niggling issues.



I have Linux machines running for months and months with no restarts, but that said it’s not a bad idea to restart things every once in a while.

Windows and OSX have their fair share of updates and often will result in a restart being needed. My windows core runs headless so I don’t reboot it perhaps as often as an active desktop might show is required.

So long as the linux os itself doesn’t leak memory (pretty unlikely with a stable build), the periodic updates to roon will restart that service and reset things in the Roon department anyhow. There are probably people on the forum who can tell you from their rock status screens just how long their core has run without a reboot. I’m guessing close to forever.

That said, I would love if the rock status screen in the web browser would give me live stats on cpu and memory use!

With Roon on other platforms you’ve got OS tools to monitor these things, but ROCK is kind of a black box in this regard.
Something to put on the development backlog, perhaps?

The short answer is you don’t have to.
An update to Roon will happen without the OS rebooting, an update to the OS will require a reboot but they are infrequent, all assuming everything is working as it should.

I only reboot ROCK when it misbehaves.

My ROCK was up for 205 days until the last recent Roon updates, both Roon Server and ROCK OS, which requires a reboot. It has been trouble free all year really so no need for any reboots.

I find it necessary to reboot about once every couple of weeks. Sometimes it is Tidal that stops working. Sometimes it is something else like the connection to my iPad Pro. I use Roon Server on a Mac mini.

I strongly suspect Apple. The company has stumbled big time. It used to be significantly better than Microsoft but no longer. Most updates are a pile of crap and bugs with stupid annoying features that are useless. Lately I get stupid weekly reports about my usage. I find I am often fighting a bunch of stupid notifications in order to use my phone or iPad to do something. What was efficient and intuitive has become one of the most frustrating products I have ever used. I will stop buying Apple after being a loyal customer since 1987.

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Agreed, my current MacPro may be my last. Apple are now bricking their own devices with software updates…

I put the stability of my Roon system this year down to three things:

I stopped using Sonos
I moved most of my library to external USB storage from a NAS
Roon updates tend to increase stability over time

There have been several stability fixes over the year for both Sonos and NAS access, but they came a little too late for me.

Away from any ideology: the restart takes about 30 seconds. So where is this a problem?

Obviously no one has bumper lightning storms like we do in Joburg

My PCs are shut down regularly to avoid melt down !,

One grim afternoon a direct strike next door took out about $3000 of Kit via the ADSL phone line, pays to be careful…

If you have a problem then obviously a reboot is a good idea but if not then I don’t see why you would. As others have said with the regular roon updates even a stable system gets a reboot at least once a year.

UK resident. In the UK “There are approximately 0.46 lightning strikes per square km each year. This is very low compared to tropical regions. In some parts of Brazil the figure might be as high as 300”