[arch-general] RFC: OpenRC as init system for Arch

Leonid Isaev lisaev at umail.iu.edu
Wed Apr 25 13:57:03 EDT 2012

On Wed, 25 Apr 2012 22:03:19 +0800
Patrick Lauer <patrick at gentoo.org> wrote:

> Greetings,
> in the last months there have been many discussions about init systems,
> especially systemd. The current state seems to make no one really happy
> - the current Arch Linux init system is a bit minimal and gets the job done,
> but it's not superawesome. There's things like init script dependencies that
> would be nice to have, but then it's about the smallest of all init systems
> around.
> [...]
> Patrick Lauer
> Gentoo Developer, OpenRC co-maintainer

Thanks for your explanation. However, I sense a confusion regarding an init
system and a boot process. AFAIU openrc still uses /sbin/init -- the
daemons/services are handled through a set of (ba)sh scripts. From what
I learn from systemd documentation, all services are handled by one daemon --
dependencies, tracking, etc. are a natural bonus, so to say. Although I also
dislike the idea of systemd-{journald,logind,...}, as long as those things are
implemented via modules, I don't think they are "bloat". So IMO the only
negative thing in arch's adoption of systemd is that rc.conf will have to go
away :)

Leonid Isaev
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