[systemd-devel] [PATCH] sysv-generator: Replace Provides: symlinks with real units

Martin Pitt martin.pitt at ubuntu.com
Wed Jan 21 02:08:44 PST 2015

Hey Jóhann,

"Jóhann B. Guðmundsson" [2015-01-21  9:59 +0000]:
> Seems like a corner case as administrator should fix himself by not backing
> up files in the /etc/init.d directory so arguably this broken behaviour is
> expect.

With SysV init this isn't "broken" at all. As long as you don't
actually enable the backup files in rcN.d/, this is perfectly valid.
The effect is that systems with such backup files work fine under SysV
init and even under systemd up to 218, but will fail to boot under
systemd 219 onwards (i. e. with current master). I call this a

> That said at one point or another we need to drop legacy sysv
> initscript support and have downstream the generator themselves if
> they intend on supporting legacy sysv initscripts.

If upstream wants to drop it at some point that's their prerogative of
course. I'd advise against it though, as LSB compliant systems need to
support SysV init scripts, it's still the lowest common denoniator,
and tons of third-party software still ship with init.d scripts. I. e.
it's not enough to port the distro packages.

So I expect if it gets dropped upstream, a lot of distros (and all the
major ones) will have to bring that back; it's IMHO better to just
maintain it upstream by the distro maintainers.



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