Subject: Re: Re: Summary of /etc/rc*
From: None <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 09/13/1994 17:43:56
Hi folks; just my two-pennorth, not intended as a flame or slight on anyone's
opinions in any way <grin>
> from the clients), I fail to see why the current state of affairs should
> require _one_mammoth_script_ when individual scripts can be intr'd from
> rc.local as is.
I just wanted to relay my experiences; I am not mangler of a vast multi-machine
system running huge numbers of daemons, just a single-machiner... But I have
been involved in writing an introductory document/FAQ to detail how people at
my university can connect to the college computers via SLIP & a phone.
The document covers NetBSD, Linux and AmiTCP users. As a NetBSD'er, the Linux
coverage was my first real encounter with fiddling with run levels and the like.
Initially I kinda figured it was a kludge designed to make things complicated
<grin>, but experience tells me it can me very handy, particularly when dealing
with beginners (and lets face it, a lot of _any_ free package's users are going
to be beginners dabbling because theres nothing to lose).
Particularly, "automating" the network installation is a deal less scary in the
Linux system if something goes wrong; because the networking changes etc. can
all go in the MultiUser runlevel scripts, a cockup is pretty simple to fix
just by booting into single-user mode & fiddling a bit :*) This means a user
with minimal competence has to make a real effort to make the system completely
unusable - a real boon :*).
> Or, alternately, you can leave a single flag and "if" statement at the
> beginning of /etc/rc.local to boot whatever daemons you please, without
> any changes to the current implementation.
Surely tho, that is a local change to the implementation? If you don't
disapprove of this, surely if the multiple-run-level init patches were
distributed as an optional extra, would that be acceptable?
The only problem with this, of course, is that install scripts provided with
additional packages would assume a standard setup I guess /-|. Hmmm.
Still, thats the nature of compromise I 'spose <grin>
> in my opinion, not nearly enough usage to warrant the changes to
> init, changes to existing startup scripts, and more importantly drift
> from the rest of m68k.
Does it have to result in a drift? I (personally) see no reason why the
changes couldn't be fed back into the general tree if they were regarded as
> Charles Ewen MacMillan | Tezcat.COM - Wicker Park
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