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Re: Faster shutdown and the ubuntu "multiuser" update-rc.d extention

On Wed, Jan 02, 2008 at 01:46:14AM +0100, Petter Reinholdtsen wrote:

> [Colin Watson]
> > Some packages actually do need to shut down cleanly; in the case of
> > a database, for example, such a change could cause data loss. Thus I
> > wouldn't recommend changing the default, but perhaps providing a
> > more convenient single option to do that common task would be good.

> I believe it might make sense to change the default, if it only take
> effect for a new debhelper compat value.  Every maintainer is supposed
> to check the effects of upgrading the compat value, and we could thus
> expect them to check if their init.d script need to run in runlevel 0
> and 6.  If they need to stop in runlevel 0 and 6, they can always use
> 'start 20 2 3 4 5 . stop 80 0 1 6.'.

> A new keyword might be a good option too.  multiuser is already taken
> and I guess it is expected to mean 'start 20 2 3 4 5 . stop 20 1 .',
> so we would want to come up with another one.  Perhaps 'normal', as in
> 'update-rc.d scriptname normal', to mean 'start 20 2 3 4 5 . stop 80 1
> .'?

Changing the behavior of debhelper on a new compat level would be
reasonable, but changing the meaning of "update-rc.d defaults" would not,
given that this would imply maintainers must actively change their packages
in order to preserve data integrity.

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