Re: Using runit-init on debian/Jessie in place of sysvinit/systemd

From: Luke Diamand <>
Date: Fri, 02 Jan 2015 14:51:59 +0000

On 02/01/15 10:40, Avery Payne wrote:
> On Thu, Jan 1, 2015 at 3:39 PM, Luke Diamand <> wrote:
> Caution, a shameless plug follows:
> If you are willing to share the contents of your scripts with a very
> permissive license, I would like to see them and possibly incorporate the
> ideas into my current project.

>> Quite a few things seem to be subtly (but trivially) wrong in the
>> instructions to get this going, so although it's actually quite
>> straightforward now I've worked out what I'm doing, it took a lot longer
>> than I expected.
> The instructions do need to be updated a bit. Once it is up and running
> it's not so bad; in fact, it probably wouldn't take too long to update the
> instructions (hint hint).

The instructions should just tell you to install the debian package
("runit-initscripts" ?). Is that possible? I might be able to write such
a package if it was the right way to go.

>> For example, the service directory in the instructions is /service, but
>> debian now uses /etc/service (OK....), but the example [123] scripts
>> shipped in /usr/share/doc still use /service, and at least in my case,
>> having a symlink in /service resulted in weird error messages which went
>> away once I fixed this.
> I currently have /service -> /etc/service on a system at home and haven't
> had any issues. What are you seeing? What version of runit do you have?

Sorry, I didn't record the errors at the time (I assumed it was just
user-error on my part). runit is 2.1.2-3.

>> Are there any plans to create a debian package that would just put all the
>> bits in the right place, so you can simply install the package and have it
>> then use runit-init as /sbin/init ?
> The problem isn't the package; the problem is the size of Debian itself.
> Or rather, the fact that Debian is a very, very large organization, and to
> make it work properly, all of the package maintainers would have to be
> "hassled" into supporting the arrangement. This is one of the many reasons
> I started the supervision-scripts project, because Debian was lacking a
> reasonable set of management scripts out-of-the-box.

That's quite a hard problem to solve...!
Received on Fri Jan 02 2015 - 14:51:59 UTC

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