[Initscripts-ng-devel] Defining the workgroup objectives

Henrique de Moraes Holschuh hmh at debian.org
Wed Jul 27 10:51:39 UTC 2005

On Wed, 27 Jul 2005, martin f krafft wrote:
> exists and init-ng is not being used, we may try to autocreate an
> init.d script.

And have even worse initscripts than the kind of dumbass
so-much-KISS-that-it-doesn't-work-properly crap we had in many packages last
time I took a look at it?   No, thank you very much.

Initscripts and the init and initscript subsystems are mission-critical.
*NO* guessing is allowed. *ALL* failure modes must be covered. You know the
drill.  BTW, I intend to revisit and pretty much submit patches to fix up
*all* initscripts in Debian to be quite high quality during the deployment
phase.  I am not looking forward to it.

That said, Sys-V initscripts *are* very useful.  They are a interface layer
by themselves which isolates a service from the initscript subsystem.  In
fact, they would allow for plugging remote services as-is, for example.
Just write a good initscript that can do it.  

It is just a matter of having high standards for these scripts (which, I
should add, in Debian can be *anything* the kernel will run, a feature I
intend to try to preserve, even if we aren't using it currently), so that
they are useful instead of a hindrance.

  "One disk to rule them all, One disk to find them. One disk to bring
  them all and in the darkness grind them. In the Land of Redmond
  where the shadows lie." -- The Silicon Valley Tarot
  Henrique Holschuh

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