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Re: 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.

I think this is an excellent idea.  Just because an idea originated at 
"redhat" does not mean it is evil.  I work with Redhat and Debian both every 
day and appreciate their strengths and weaknesses.

Applying computer technology is simply finding the right wrench to
  pound in the correct screw.

Jon Nelson

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