I have systems that ensures that their services are running by runit instead of rc.d or systemd on Debian, and I am trying to use Rex to start building a coherent setup across my systems.

I would like to know how I can:

  1. keep the package as up-to-date as possible (considering the fact I intend to deploy a repository with only validated packages);
  2. disable the Debian's official and automatic rc.d daemon;
  3. upload the run script;
  4. create the link for the run script;
  5. ensure that the daemon is automatically started;
  6. ensure that it's logger is also running;

For points 1 to 4, I could just fix the problem with a package built to install the run-scripts of specific daemons and use it instead of rc.d (like the package getty-run), but AFAIK, it won't stop Rex to use rc.d interface (according to what I understood in source code: /etc/init.d/%s [start|restart|stop|etc]).

  • Calling the /etc/init.d/* scripts is deprecated. You should be using systemctl instead, even if there is still a script present there, because they will be removed in the future. Of course, you also should be moving away from runit, but that's another discussion... – Michael Hampton Jan 29 at 14:41
  • Actually, when I do things manually on a standard Debian install, I use the command '/usr/sbin/service' which is, in theory, generic enough. The stuff about /etc/init.d/* is what I think Rex does after having read (parts of) the code. Stuff in init.d will probably only be removed if/when rc.d support is removed, and I do not remember reading things about it (but, would be probable in few versions, I think). – user3459474 Jan 29 at 14:52
  • The service command is also deprecated, for the same reason. – Michael Hampton Jan 29 at 15:00
  • Sounds strange, according to apt-file, systemctl is only included by the package systemd in stretch, which does support both systemd (default) and sysvinit. SysVinit supporting rc.d and, since stretch, providing runit-sysv (and runit-systemd) packages, that does the glue to allow the use of runit without manually hacking around inittab/systemd units. Are you sure that support for everything not systemd is to be removed soon in Debian? – user3459474 Jan 29 at 15:08
  • You can look at testing and unstable to see what's coming up, but yes, these will eventually be removed entirely, as every other Linux distribution has already done. – Michael Hampton Jan 29 at 15:09

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