Much ado about init
Posted Nov 27, 2012 20:17 UTC (Tue) by vonbrand
In reply to: Much ado about init
Parent article: Langasek: Upstart in Debian
Weird. I've got some 25 years of Unix experience, and I do remember lots of problems booting assorted machines, and starting up bog-standard services. Sure, nothing to blame directly on init (or sysvinit for Linux), but many, many times scratching head, reading cobbled together (probably written in the stone age and then "forward ported" innumerable times) scripts, trying to make sense of strange command arguments and pipelines. Suspecting that some code was there just because some experiment on a machine long turned to dust showed that that way it did miraculously work. No, definitely not fun. At least in Red Hat they did mostly rewrite the scripts from scratch, with some family resemblance among them. Before that, it was just hopeless.
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