Re: Preliminary version of s6-rc available

From: Colin Booth <>
Date: Sun, 19 Jul 2015 22:43:25 -0700

On Fri, Jul 17, 2015 at 10:13 AM, Claes Wallin (韋嘉誠)
<> wrote:
> On 17-Jul-2015 12:49 am, "Colin Booth" <> wrote:
> Depending on your cron, users might be able to simply put an _at_reboot
> s6-svscan in their user crontab. I don't see many drawbacks with that.
There's nothing managing the per-user s6-svscan if it dies during
normal system runtime, which defeats the entire purpose of using a
supervision framework in the first place. With process suprevision, at
some point your supervision tree must have PID 1 bringing the tree
back up (be it an inittab entry, s6-svscan running as init, runit
managing runsvdir and so on) otherwise you're only playing tricks with
daemonization. Using _at_reboot crontab entries is a clever way around
the reboot case, but like I said above, it doesn't protect the
supervision root process outside of that event.

I actually think that systemd based systems can have a correctly
supervised non-privileged supervision tree through the use of loginctl
enable-linger and daemon-ish unit files. So you could bring up your
supervision tree that way, or just forego the process supervisor and
write directly against systemd. I however don't have any systemd hosts
laying around to test that on, and even if I did s6-rc and systemd
both cover the same operational space.


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