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Bug#768657: [Pkg-sysvinit-devel] Bug#768657: sysvinit: Please provide xen virtual console in inittab

On Mon, Nov 10, 2014 at 02:39:28AM -0500, Gedalya wrote:
> On 11/10/2014 02:19 AM, Steve Langasek wrote:
> >It's not for the sysvinit-core package to fix up the installer's handling of
> >consoles, when sysvinit-core is not installed.  Reassigning this to the
> >debian-installer package.
> And how could it possibly be debian-installer's job to modify a file that is
> part of your package, when the package is not installed?
> I find your response incomprehensible. This bug is about making sure
> inittab, part of sysvinit-core, supports the console on the platform is is
> running on.
> Currently sysvinit-core is defective in not doing so. My comment about
> debian-installer was just so that you could see an example for code that
> handles this, and it explains why the maintainers of this package
> coincidentally haven't had to worry about this problem thus far.
> One way or another, to reproduce this problem all one needs to do is to
> install sysvinit-core on a xen VM, with debian-installer nowhere in sight.
> I also don't understand why #745260 was fixed (exactly the same problem) and
> this one somehow not.

Ok, I misunderstood what the bug was that you were reporting.  I thought you
were saying that the installer sets up /etc/inittab, but that this doesn't
cause the console to work on systems where sysvinit-core is not being

I think fixing bug #745260 in sysvinit-core is dubious; I really think that
the console setup should be done as part of the installer, not as part of
init's maintainer scripts.  However, since we are no longer installing
sysvinit-core, it's a legitimate question whether the installer should be
changed to create /etc/inittab on its own if it doesn't already exist, or if
the installer should entirely hand over control of this file to the sysvinit

I think we should get input from the installer team on this.

Steve Langasek                   Give me a lever long enough and a Free OS
Debian Developer                   to set it on, and I can move the world.
Ubuntu Developer                                    http://www.debian.org/
slangasek@ubuntu.com                                     vorlon@debian.org

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