Subject: Re: Changing root's shell to /bin/sh
To: Jay Maynard <email@example.com>
From: Jonathan Stone <jonathan@DSG.Stanford.EDU>
Date: 03/17/1999 09:38:58
>For example, I'm thinking of actually implementing a control-file-based
>multiple rc script system, similar in concept to the SysV rc.d but without
>the file name conventions that folks here find bletcherous.
Without a more concrete proposal, its not possible to gauge the likely
response. This is somethign on which nearly everyone has an opinion.
Some of the issues that've come up before are:
* how are the dependencies between `modules' encoded?
* Is the dependency acutally used at boot time read from a file,
is it directory-entry lexographical order, or is it computed
(say from #require and #provide header lines) by some tool?
iianm, a number of developers have expressed very strong
reservations about the last idea. (the principal one being,
what if the tool dies halfway through and leaves things
in an inconsistent state? What if the tool isn't re-run
when it should be? Or if it runs on every reboot, what're
the time impacts on older systems (think: vax-11/750)
If you want to discuss this, do go ahead, but dont dive into an
implementation without working through the issues that're likelly to
cause egitimate, um, customer resistance.