Debian ships with a couple of init systems, e.g.
- minit (maintained again)
- einit (not yet packaged, focus on embedded systems)
Other closely related programs include:
- daemontools (we all love djb, don't we?)
However, out of these only sysvinit is really supported (others work only in a compability mode, taking away many of their benefits).
Therefore it's proposed to do a "Init hackfest"; either face-to-face or via IRC (or both) with the aim of adding full support to most of these init systems to Debian. (And to monitoring systems such as monit.)
- get the maintainers/authors of the relevant packages together to write up requirements
- from these requirements, derive a migration document (think of the Python policy documents)
- supply appropriate tool changes, e.g. updating invoke-rc.d, update-rc.d
- update *init packages to be able to 'compile' an init script for their config scheme from the meta-init-script
- do a hackfest to fix as many packages as possible in a sprint (it's easier if only a few people have to dig into how to convert an init script to the meta-init-script format). Supply patches to the maintainers and do 7-day NMUs
- 7 days later, the NMUs will go in.
Shipping meta-init-scripts allows other init systems to be added (or bugs fixed with them) without having to NMU all other packages again. We just need to get the meta-init format right in the first go... maybe it's also easier to continue shipping packages with a sysvinit script and the meta-init script for upgrade purposes, and schedule the removal of the sysvinit scripts for lenny+1.
For those who like something a bit more concrete - how do we stop something like #400952 from happening?
Please check the discussions on the initscripts-ng mailing list: http://lists.alioth.debian.org/mailman/listinfo/initscripts-ng-devel
madduck (with limited time)
PhilippKern (would be interested to participate)
BrandonHoltsclaw (would be interested to participate)
JanHülsbergen (would also be interested to participate)
nomeata (depends on time. Maybe face2face hacking with Philipp here in Karlsruhe...)
SvenMueller (limited time, but definitely interested)
GunnarWolf (would be interested to participate. Requested a BoF on Debcamp for this)