register runsvdir as subreaper

From: Mitar <>
Date: Mon, 30 Jan 2017 09:38:38 -0800


I would like to ask if runsvdir could by default be defined as a
subreaper on Linux. If it is already a PID 1, then there is no
difference, but sometimes it is not. In that case when an orphan
process happens under it, then it would be re-parented under the
runsvdir, mimicking the behavior when runsvdir runs as a PID 1.

runit is often used in Docker containers and sometimes you have a
wrapper script which spawns runsvdir as a child. In that case runsvdir
does not run as PID 1.

I have found a similar patch for Debian, but which requested this
feature on runsv. I think that might be misused for making process who
demonize in fact stay under runsv. Or maybe that is a future feature
of runit, not sure, but that can be discussion for some other thread.
I would like to ask that something similar to that patch is done for
runsvdir for now:

This would really make it easier to use runit inside Docker.

A bit more about subreapers here:


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