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A call for votes in the Debian init system discussion

A call for votes in the Debian init system discussion

Posted Jan 27, 2014 7:00 UTC (Mon) by rodgerd (guest, #58896)
In reply to: A call for votes in the Debian init system discussion by wahern
Parent article: A call for votes in the Debian init system discussion

> Portability is a technical merit, IMNSHO. Lennart is in the minority when it comes to his dismissal of the value of POSIX, and portability in general.

Portability of PID 1. Hmm. Let's see. That would be the PID 1 that's unique on Mac OS X, Solaris, uses BSD semantics on the FreeBSDs. That portability? And the shell scripts it relies on which expect different shells on those platforms.

I guess your definition of portability is formed under some parallel universe where PID 1 and init scripts are portable. They haven't been in this one since BSD split off.

> It's more of a deal on single-user interactive devices than on multi-user server systems, because there you have a ton of centralized processes interacting in complex ways.

The fact you think this honestly makes me wonder how much server admin you've done.


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A call for votes in the Debian init system discussion

Posted Feb 1, 2014 21:46 UTC (Sat) by JanC_ (guest, #34940) [Link]

You are comparing the default init / PID 1 on those systems instead of the possibility to run the same (or a functionally equal) implementation of it on all those platforms. "Portability" refers to the latter here, I think...


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