[sf-lug] how to configure init on ubuntu server?

jim jim at well.com
Tue Nov 11 21:52:29 PST 2008

   i've very recently been getting exposed 
to the bad news. and it's fairly bad, in my 
view: no overview of the upstart technology, 
no definition of "upstart", no tutorial that 
i've found yet. 
   on the other hand, there are a lot of 
doors one can open via 

   so many damn doors, though; nice to have 
an overview: mark sobell's is good:  
with something like a tutorial in there as 
   thanks, rick! 

On Tue, 2008-11-11 at 19:51 -0800, Rick Moen wrote:
> Quoting jim (jim at well.com):
> > on ubuntu server 8.04 to configure init. 
> I have good news and bad news for you.
> Good news:  Better things than SystemV init now exist[1].  One of them is
> Upstart, to which the last coupl'a revs of *buntu have switched.  The
> main advantage is that it's an _event-driven_ init, such that each
> process that starts knows which other processes have to start first and
> watch for signals from those processes that say they're running -- 
> and also, themselves, issue signals upon startup to let other processes
> know, that might depend on them in turn.  Likewise, a process that shuts
> down issues a signal, etc.
> Bad news:  You now get to learn Upstart.  ;->
> Anyway:
> http://upstart.ubuntu.com/
> http://www.linux.com/feature/125977  <= Mark Sobell alert!
> [1] Lazy-ass survey of the contenders, written by yr. humble correspondent, 
> a couple of years ago:   http://linuxmafia.com/faq/Admin/init.html
> (Yes, I know it needs formatting.)
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