Re: request for a init script policy
"Sean 'Shaleh' Perry" <email@example.com> writes:
> So, I saw a post on freshmeat for an application called 'Aurora'. It is a GUI
> wrapper around the boot messages. Currently it works on all RH variants.
> Looking at the code and mailing the author, I discover that I can not port this
> to debian. The reason is that he keys off of exit codes, which RH has placed a
> standard for their init scripts to follow. Debian on the other hand often uses
> exit 0 for ok, but not always and there is no policy for handling errors in the
> scripts. Some scripts die quietly, others loudly.
> I would like for us to get together and come up with a standard here. Doing
> this will benfit everyone and hurt no one. People who want the silly colored
> boot messages can wrap our init, as can users of tools like Aurora.
This is being worked on as part of the LSB. Ted T'so has drafted a
proposal, and it is in the currently available draft of the standard