request for a init script policy
So, I saw a post on freshmeat for an application called 'Aurora'. It is a GUI
wrapper around the boot messages. Currently it works on all RH variants.
Looking at the code and mailing the author, I discover that I can not port this
to debian. The reason is that he keys off of exit codes, which RH has placed a
standard for their init scripts to follow. Debian on the other hand often uses
exit 0 for ok, but not always and there is no policy for handling errors in the
scripts. Some scripts die quietly, others loudly.
I would like for us to get together and come up with a standard here. Doing
this will benfit everyone and hurt no one. People who want the silly colored
boot messages can wrap our init, as can users of tools like Aurora.