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Debian packages and upstart jobs

Hello everyone,

One of the packages I maintain, OpenAFS, is a network file system.  As
such, one generally wants it to start before things like gdm that need to
read the user's home directory.  However, in Ubuntu, gdm is started by
upstart instead of an init script, and all init scripts are run after the
native upstart jobs are run.

The best way to address this for Ubuntu would be to introduce an upstart
job for OpenAFS.  However, the package is in universe and hence
preferrably shared between Ubuntu and Debian.

Is there any reason why it would cause problems for me to add an upstart
job to the Debian package, even though Debian doesn't currently use
upstart?  (I realize that the logic around deactivating the init script if
upstart is present may be a bit complex, but I suspect we can find ways of
dealing with that.)  I assume the job just sit there quiescent until
Debian switches to upstart.

(Separately, I'm going to look at upstream changes required so that I can
have the openafs init script provide $remote_fs instead of depend on it as
it does now so that it will move earlier in Debian's boot process as

Russ Allbery (rra@debian.org)               <http://www.eyrie.org/~eagle/>

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