Changes to contrib bootscripts

DJ Lucas dj at
Sun May 22 20:47:57 PDT 2011

On 05/21/2011 12:20 PM, Bryan Kadzban wrote:
> DJ Lucas wrote:
>> There are a couple of packages, non-obvious packages at that, that
>> install their own bootscripts and they work in the current proposal
>> without modifications using the lsb functions.
> I must not install them, then.  Alternately, I do install them, but
> don't care to use their bootscripts (I think that might apply to one;
> fcron, bind, dhcpcd v5, or something like that, maybe).  :-)
>> I suspect that we'll see more in the future, however, I have not
>> actually confirmed that they do not work within the old layout
>> (sysinit/S change is required).
> Changing sysinit to S is fine.  I don't generally use the rc*.d
> directory names, just init.d.
>> Bryan pointed out that the old layout lent itself better to tab
>> completion, the savings is only one keystroke, but you actually have
>> to type more _characters_ in the new layout as opposed to pressing
>> tab repeatedly. I don't yet know how much work is involved in
>> reversing that decision, but it should at least be discussed.
> If other packages are a concern, then I think an /etc/init.d symlink
> might work as well.  There's already too much in /etc that starts with
> in or ini, so adding one more entry there doesn't seem too bad.
> I dislike littering /usr/sbin with symlinks, for the record.  I actually
> dislike it even more since it's in /usr, given that these are links to
> bootscripts, but moving it to /sbin is also pretty bad (since now it's a
> much larger chunk of a small directory).  It's also one more set of
> links that needs to be kept up to date (though that's probably rare).
> The service script might work, but it's a complete re-training for me,
> and I'm a bit of a curmudgeon.  That's probably not a reason to avoid
> doing it, though.  :-P
Yes, tested, /etc/init.d symlink works as expected with at least fuse 
(one I had handy). I went ahead and defaulted to /etc/rc.d in the 
Makefile and made the value of ETCDIR change /etc/default/rc 
appropriately, and added a symlink if ETCDIR is not /etc.

-- DJ Lucas

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