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Bug#727708: multiple init systems - formal resolution proposal

Ian Jackson <ijackson@chiark.greenend.org.uk> writes:

> I hereby propose the following resolution:
>    1. Support for sysvinit is mandatory in jessie.
>    2. Debian intends to support multiple init systems, for the
>       foreseeable future, and so long as their respective communities
>       and code remain healthy.  Nothing outside of an init system's
>       implementation may require a specific init system to be pid 1.

I'm not comfortable with a mandate that packages may not require a
specific init system as pid 1.  

While the case that has been discussed repeatedly recently involves
GNOME and systemd, this text as written at least begs the question of
what defines "outside of an init system". 

I understand and sympathize strongly with what you're trying to
accomplish here, I'm just not convinced (yet?) that this is the right
way to proceed.


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