Support for legacy init script actions for systemd services

Bill Nottingham notting at
Wed Jun 27 15:33:19 UTC 2012

Miloslav Trma─Ź (mitr at said: 
> On Tue, Jun 26, 2012 at 10:45 PM, Till Maas <opensource at> wrote:
> >> 2) Don't package a legacy action for new scripts or actions that were not
> >> supported by the prior init script; this is intended for compatibility with
> >> existing scripts and/or administrator brains.
> >
> > It would be nice to have a good plan about how to implement the
> > preferred new way to accomplish such tasks to avoid that every package
> > does this differently.
> The preferred new way is that upstream implements the action in a way
> that is same across all distributions.  Which, in some sense, does not
> answer your question.

To pick a couple of examples:

*tables implement operations such as 'panic' or 'save'. postfix implements
'flush'. These are not the sorts of commands that can be easily genericized
across multiple packages.


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