Subject: Re: pkgsrc init script for linux
To: None <>
From: Amitai Schlair <>
List: tech-pkg
Date: 09/02/2004 20:19:52
Luciano Rodrigues Furtado wrote:

> I would like to know if pkgsrc ships by default , any initscripts for
> packages like Apache for operating system different from NetBSD, like
> Linux for instance, if not whats the best approach to handle this in
> clean way, i am trying to avoid creating my own initscript.

As Jeremy mentioned, some packages' rc.d scripts can be used as-is on 
other platforms, at least for the basics. Most of them assume the 
presence of (the very useful) /etc/rc.subr; some fraction of these are 
able to at least "start" in its absence.

Compared with pkgtools/rcorder and the bootstrap tools, it's clear that 
pkgtools/rc.subr needs improvement: it's not available on all our 
supported pkgsrc platforms, and it's not trivial to update it regularly 
from src/etc/rc.subr. If these are addressed, we'll be in good shape -- 
all the rc.d scripts in pkgsrc will easily work on any supported pkgsrc 

Jeremy has made some improvements to wip/rc.subr, and has noted some 
ideas in the TODO therein. Please feel free to join pkgsrc-wip (if you 
haven't already) and contribute.

The second part of the problem is that non-NetBSD platforms have their 
own style of boot scripts, and arrangements need to be made for each 
platform to run all the pkgsrc-installed rc.d scripts somewhere along 
the way. This is fairly high on my TODO list.

- Amitai