Is $syslog a Required-Start or a Should-Start?

Frédéric Brière fbriere at
Tue Aug 4 15:37:05 UTC 2009

Following the insserv "flipping of the switch" last week, I noticed that
several init scripts on my system were lacking a dependency on $syslog.
(The debhelper sample init script is lacking such a dependency, and I
suspect many maintainers copied it w/o too much thought.)

Before filing bug reports, I'd like to know whether $syslog should be a
Required-Start or a Should-Start.  While most init scripts (and the
example on specify the former, some scripts opt for the
latter, which seems to make sense given how packages typically don't
depend on system-log-daemon anyway.  Is there a definitive answer on
this matter?

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