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.