Bug#727708: init system coupling draft CFV
Here is the new draft of my ballot option. I think this addresses all of
the issues that were raised. I didn't rewrite the whole thing to avoid
all the shoulds; I thought about it, but it felt like it made it a bit too
hard to read. I did try a few different wordings of the bit about
upgrades, and hopefully what I came up with will work.
This includes the change I proposed to Andreas, although unfortunately
Andreas hasn't had a chance to respond on whether that addressed his
objection. It also makes it clearer that the point about not offering
advice past jessie only applies to the sysvinit compatibility part.
This has also been committed to Git.
A Advice: sysvinit compatibility in jessie and multiple init support
The following is technical advice offered to the project by the
Technical Committee under section 6.1.5 of the constitution. It does
not constitute an override of maintainer decisions past or future.
Software should normally support the default init system on all
architectures for which it is built. There are some exceptional cases
where lack of support for the default init system may be appropriate,
such as alternative init system implementations, special-use packages
such as managers for non-default init systems, and cooperating
groups of packages intended for use with non-default init systems.
However, package maintainers should be aware that a requirement for a
non-default init system will mean the software will be unusable for
most Debian users and should normally be avoided.
Package maintainers are strongly encouraged to merge any contributions
for support of any init system, and to add that support themselves if
they're willing and capable of doing so. In particular, package
maintainers should put a high priority on merging changes to support
any init system which is the default on one of Debian's non-Linux
For the jessie release, all software that currently supports being run
under sysvinit should continue to support sysvinit unless there is no
technically feasible way to do so. Reasonable changes to preserve
or improve sysvinit support should be accepted through the jessie
release. There may be some loss of functionality under sysvinit if
that loss is considered acceptable by the package maintainer and
the package is still basically functional, but Debian's standard
requirement to support smooth upgrades from wheezy to jessie still
applies, even when the system is booted with sysvinit.
The Technical Committee offers no advice at this time on sysvinit
support beyond the jessie release. There are too many variables at
this point to know what the correct course of action will be.
Russ Allbery (email@example.com) <http://www.eyrie.org/~eagle/>