Re: Bug#1859: Start/stop scripts do not work when not invoked by init
Ian Jackson <firstname.lastname@example.org> said:
> [...] It's just that /etc/init.d/functions is
> obsolete, and should be replaced with an empty file so that people
> stop thinking it's useful :-).
> It shouldn't be removed until all the packages that source it have
> been updated not to do so, or they'll all fall over.
Not only that. Done right, attempts to downgrade one of those packages
to a version which requires /etc/init.d/functions should be refused
after the sysvinit package is upgraded to a version which does not
As I understand it, the supported mechanism for doing this is for the
sysvinit package to declare version-based conflicts with the latest
version of each individual package and version which requires
/etc/init.d/functions. This is unlikely to happen, I'd guess. That
means that packages will be able to be downgraded to earlier versions
which will fall over because of /etc/init/functions being missing.