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Re: runlevels remodeled

On Fri, 12 Aug 2005, Timo Aaltonen wrote:
>   Is there will to change the current policy regarding runlevels in 
> Debian? I'd propose to use the recommendation made by LSB:

Well, for what is it worth, I am against part of what you describe.

We can shuffle what happens in system init (rc.S), single user and
multi-user runlevel of course, but *PLEASE* do not add multiple multi-user
runlevels on top of it.

The reason is simple. Multiple multi-user runlevels are a major pain to
support _by default_ _at the same time_ in _all_ next-generation-style
initscript systems, and they are of very limited use anyway (otherwise we
would have been pressured into adding them to Debian a few years ago).

If the local admin needs multiple multi-user runlevels, he can always set it
up himself (and use a initscript system that supports it without hassle ;-)
), and Debian packages won't screw with his configuration later (that would
be a grave/critical bug :P ).

> "Single-user" mode is a fiasco, because in /etc/rcS.d/* there are a number 
> of services that really should not belong there. Examples:
> 	-network
> 	-all disks (including NFS) mounted

THAT can be changed orthogonally to adding more multi-user runlevels, and
IMHO it is something we can rethink, alright.

  "One disk to rule them all, One disk to find them. One disk to bring
  them all and in the darkness grind them. In the Land of Redmond
  where the shadows lie." -- The Silicon Valley Tarot
  Henrique Holschuh

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