[Pkg-sysvinit-devel] Bug#757588: sysvinit-core: installation fails when systemd is present

Miguel Filgueiras migfilg at t-online.de
Sat Aug 9 14:53:03 UTC 2014

Package: sysvinit-core
Version: 2.88dsf-53.3
Severity: critical
Tags: d-i
Justification: breaks the whole system

A dist-upgrade done last week replaced, without asking, sysvinit by
systemd that I do not want to use. I checked which packages were
available for reinstalling sysvinit and found sysvinit-core.
I installed it (and sysvinit-utils) with apt-get and got an error
because systemd was running. On reboot the system went on single user
because /sbin/init was not available. I tried to run systemd and got
an error message saying that the system was booted by sysvinit.

I recovered from this situation by using a Live CD to copy the
files in the package data.tar to the system disk.

In my opinion there are two problems here:
- the hidden installation of systemd and removal of sysvinit
(I am aware this should be a bug report on systemd...)
- the loose way the sysvinit-core is installed by not taking
heed in an appropriate way of an error that breaks the system,
leaving it with no process launcher.

Best regards,
Miguel Filgueiras

-- System Information:
Debian Release: jessie/sid
  APT prefers unstable
  APT policy: (500, 'unstable')
Architecture: amd64 (x86_64)

Kernel: Linux 3.9-1-amd64 (SMP w/4 CPU cores)
Locale: LANG=en_US.ISO-8859-15, LC_CTYPE=en_US.ISO-8859-15 (charmap=ISO-8859-15)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/dash

Versions of packages sysvinit-core depends on:
ii  debconf [debconf-2.0]  1.5.50
ii  debianutils            4.3.4
ii  initscripts            2.88dsf-41
ii  libc6                  2.17-3
ii  libselinux1            2.1.13-2
ii  libsepol1              2.1.9-2
ii  sysv-rc                2.88dsf-41
ii  sysvinit-utils         2.88dsf-41

sysvinit-core recommends no packages.

sysvinit-core suggests no packages.

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