preseeding choice of init system?
I wonder if someone here might be able to provide some guidance.
Apropos all of the discussion of systemd vs. sysvinit vs. other init
systems - the question has come up about whether the installer might
present a choice of init systems, or in the alternative, how one might
preseed choice of the init system.
So far, the conclusion seems to be that the installer will install
systemd, then one can preseed its replacement with an alternative - but
that seems a less than satisfactory solution - unwinding installation of
a deeply embedded packages tends to leave artifacts, and always risks
dependency hell. Not to mention being a lot harder to test and debug
if/when things go wrong.
Which leads to several questions:
1. Where in the installer code does the init system get installed into
the target build?
As far as I can tell, from somewhat out-of-date documentation
(http://d-i.alioth.debian.org/doc/internals/ - last updated 2010):
- the installer runs the base-installer package, which uses
debootstrap, to install the base system - including the init system -
before the tasksel phase, or installation of additional packages.
- In turn, this process uses the hard-coded package priorities, in the
repository, to determine which init system to install (which, for
jessie, are set to favor systemd)
Is this correct? If not, where does the init system get selected and
2. Assuming the above is correct, is there any way to preseed an
- so far, I haven't been able to find any such command that could be put
into a preseed file
3. If this can't be preseeded, it looks like the alternative might be to
build an alternate installer image per
Can anybody offer any guidance as to what specific changes to make to
force installation of an alternate init system?
Thank you very much,
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In practice, there is. .... Yogi Berra