[talk] In Contrast to BSD init, A history of modern init systems (1992-2015)

Malcolm Matalka mmatalka at gmail.com
Wed Sep 16 15:24:06 EDT 2015

Raul Cuza <raulcuza at gmail.com> writes:

> In light of the recent discussion on *BSD and init system, I thought
> this history of modern init systems a interesting contrast:
> http://blog.darknedgy.net/technology/2015/09/05/0/
> By definition of "modern", the BSD style init is the "classical" that
> these systems are not. Maybe I don't understand the problems these
> alternatives are trying to solve sufficiently. If you can shed some
> light on it, I'd love to hear it.

I have not had a problem that these new systems solve either.  I
actually prefer daemontools out of all of these (not an init system, I
know, but close enough for this discussion, I think), because it's very
simple.  In the case of a server, I'm not sure why one would want
something more than something like daemontools.  I can see an argument
for something more sophisticated for a desktop environment but I'm not
sure what that would really look like.  I'm pretty biased in my opinion
here though, so YMMV.

> What I like most about the history is that most of those attempts at
> improvements have not impacted the systems I manage (conveniently
> ignoring the OS X fleets I've been in charge of at various times). For
> me, the classical solution gets the job done.
> Raúl
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