[Fedora-packaging] [Guidelines Change] Changes to the Packaging Guidelines

Bill Nottingham notting at redhat.com
Thu Apr 12 21:34:06 UTC 2012

Tom Lane (tgl at redhat.com) said: 
> Tom Callaway <tcallawa at redhat.com> writes:
> > Here is the latest set of changes to the Fedora Packaging Guidelines:
> > ---
> > Packages which have SysV initscripts that contain 'non-standard service
> > commands' (commands besides start, stop, reload, restart, or
> > try-restart) must convert those commands into standalone helper scripts.
> > Systemd does not support non-standard unit commands.
> I was a bit surprised to read this, because in recent versions systemd's
> service command supports nonstandard verbs just fine; it'll pass an
> unrecognized verb through to the initscript, if there is one.  Is that
> functionality going to be removed again?
> Background: after having done what the above text directs me to,
> I had gotten beaten up over the fact that "service postgresql initdb"
> no longer worked, and hence reinstituted a stub initscript that only
> handles the nonstandard actions of the old one.  Which works fine, or
> at least it did as of last month when I last tried it.  So now I'm in
> violation of the guidelines for having tried to keep my users happy,
> and I'm not happy, especially since the stated rationale is a falsehood.

If you're asking if that bit of /sbin/service is going to be removed
(redirection to /etc/init.d/<foo> for nonstandard commands), no.


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