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Re: Transition plan for changing the default init system

]] Harald Dunkel 

> On 07/16/14 23:22, Tollef Fog Heen wrote:
> > So we are proposing the following scheme:
> > 
> > a/ Upload a new "init" package. This is a new, essential package that
> > will replace sysvinit as the package that ensures your system has an
> > init system. We want to build this binary package from a package which
> > is not tied to an actual init system, so we chose the
> > init-system-helpers source package. Patch for init-system-helpers is
> > available at [2].
> > 
> > b/ Demote sysvinit to Priority: optional and install an extra copy of
> > the sysvinit binary into /lib/sysvinit/ so you can recover if your
> > system fails to boot with systemd. This can be achieved by booting with
> > init=/lib/sysvinit/init on the kernel command line. Patch for sysvinit
> > is available at [3].
> > 
> > c/ Upload a new version of the init package which does the actual switch
> > and changes the order via Pre-Depends: systemd-sysv |
> > sysvinit-core. Diff[4]
> I am not sure if this matters, but it seems to me that this
> procedure depends upon a specific sequence of package uploads
> and system upgrades in the field.

It does not.  We just don't want to leave the archive in a state where
it's easy to end up with the necessary safeguards.

Tollef Fog Heen
UNIX is user friendly, it's just picky about who its friends are

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