[HEADS-UP] systemd for F14 - the next steps

Matthias Clasen mclasen at redhat.com
Wed Jul 14 18:59:56 UTC 2010

On Wed, 2010-07-14 at 20:48 +0200, Lennart Poettering wrote:
> On Wed, 14.07.10 13:45, Matthias Clasen (mclasen at redhat.com) wrote:
> > > To achieve what you want to do upstart would need to support something
> > > similar: make it possible to install it without insisting on the
> > > /sbin/init file name and related ones, and then add in those names via
> > > symlinks only by a an upstart-sysvinit package or so. But upstart
> > > doesn't support something like that. Sorry.
> > 
> > Would alternatives work here ?
> Yes, the alternatives system would probably work. However, I think there
> are things where it is a good idea to use and where it isn't. And I
> think this case is one of the latter.  If we go down the switchable init
> via symlinks route then i'd prefer if we did this via
> installing/removing packages, not via the alternatives system.

I was trying to think of ways to reduce the 'what if it just stops
booting' fear involved in this transition, by finding a way to let
upstart and systemd temporarily coexist on a system.

I don't think we want to have a switchable init system as a feature
beyond the initial transition phase.

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