Subject: Re: Another changer, another changer problem
To: Brett Lymn <>
From: Curt Sampson <>
List: current-users
Date: 10/13/1998 09:55:10
On Mon, 12 Oct 1998, Brett Lymn wrote:

> According to Curt Sampson:
> >
> >I coded up a bit of proof-of-concept stuff for the new NetBSD
> >startup dependency system that Perry and Matt were doing some work
> >on. This made the whole concept of `runlevels' obselete by instead
> >allowing you to turn on and off named daemons or named groups of
> >daemons. So you wouldn't for example, have to have your radius
> >server running just to run xdm on that machine as well.
> >
> This sounds interesting but does it address the down side as well?
> Meaning, can you tell a group of daemons to please go away.

Yes. If you ask any daemon or group to shutdown, the system shuts
down all its dependents before it shuts down that daemon/group.
(Every startup script takes `start' or `stop' as an argument.)

This means that if you, say, shut down your database, it will make
sure your web server and radius server which depend on that database
are correctly shut down first.

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