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Bug#727708: tech-ctte: Decide which init system to default to in Debian.

On 10/31/2013 09:51 PM, Russ Allbery wrote:
> You can, of course, be
> disciplined about this when writing systemd helper scripts by always
> exernalizing the shell script into a separate file, but I really like that
> upstart lets me inline trivial shell fragments without worrying about
> that while still keeping them readable.

I can very well imagine that this is how sysv init scripts started out.
"Let's make them shell scripts, it's so convenient to be able to place
that extra bit of initialization code in there..."

In other words: the ability to add extra features to upstart jobs by
"extending" them with shell scripts could eventually end up making them
just as complex as sysv scripts. I am guilty of having written some
rather complicated trickery in upstart shell sections myself, so I know
how tempting it is.

(In my case, I was mostly working around my still insufficient
understanding of the upstart event system to start a job only in some
specific conditions. Just coding the condition and stopping the job in
its pre-start script (in itself a rather weird concept, but it came from
the upstart cookbook) turned out to be quicker and easier, but it
certainly wasn't the proper solution...)


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