System V to systemd unit migration

Stephen Gallagher sgallagh at
Wed Oct 28 18:12:20 UTC 2015

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At the FESCo meeting on October 14th, it was ​decided that the time
has come to finally complete the migration away from System V init
scripts. What does this mean for you as a packager?

When we branch from Rawhide for Fedora 24 (currently ​scheduled for
February 2nd, 2016), we will be immediately retiring any package in
the Fedora collection that relies on a System V init script instead of
a systemd unit file to start. We will consider reasonable requests to
delay this action on a case-by-case basis for anyone who ​submits a
ticket to FESCo no later than 23:59 UTC on January 12, 2016.

There is no plan to remove System V compatibility from Fedora, due to
the necessity of supporting legacy third-party software. We are also
not making any changes at all to the EPEL project. EPEL packages may
continue to use System V init scripts (in the case of EPEL 5 and EPEL
6, there is no other option).

We will be going through the Wiki packaging documentation over the
next month and updating all related entries to reflect this change in

This will be the first such announcement. The Change Wrangler will be
sending additional reminders from now until February 2nd, so no one
will be surprised by this event.
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