[arch-dev-public] [ANNOUNCE] initscripts-2012.07.3

Rashif Ray Rahman schiv at archlinux.org
Sun Jul 22 10:41:09 EDT 2012

On 22 July 2012 16:14, Andreas Radke <andyrtr at archlinux.org> wrote:
> I'm supporting all your effort to improve our boot process.
> Arch was famous for its single rc.conf file configuration that now
> seems to fade away. While this may be done for good technical reasons I
> suggest to bring this up to some central point (hotplug/udev or
> systemd list ). I'd like to see something developed that we can call a
> common Linux early userspace configuration that would be equal in most
> distributions. Something like all is read from /etc/system/*
> -Andy

I'm a bit taken aback by this, but that's just a natural reaction to
change. One central configuration file was always the thing I loved
most, but that doesn't mean it was the best approach technically.

For eg., if I could shave off some seconds from offloading some things
to upstream methods, then I could deal with a few more config files.
We got rid of rc.conf variables one by one, as the need arose.
Especially for module blacklisting, we couldn't continue to stick with
the time-consuming shell logic we had back then.

The bottom line is performance and balance. If you give me
performance, I'll take it. But of course, one second of removed boot
time for 3 more configuration files is not "performance". There needs
to be more of a tangible benefit from all this change. Otherwise, we
might as well skip all helper scripts and config files and edit every
single upstream-provided one.


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