[Pkg-sysvinit-devel] Bug#695751: depending on a script that depends on $all (including by not having LSB headers) creates loop

Petter Reinholdtsen pere at hungry.com
Thu Nov 6 08:17:50 UTC 2014

Thank you for looking at this issue again. :)

[Lucas Nussbaum]
> There are two relevant lintian checks:
> https://lintian.debian.org/tags/init.d-script-missing-lsb-section.html
> https://lintian.debian.org/tags/init.d-script-depends-on-all-virtual-facility.html

This last lintian check have a strange description:

> The given init script declares a dependency on the virtual facility "$all".
> This virtual facility is reserved for local scripts.
> Moreover, using $all in more than one init.d script is totally broken.

The $all virtual facility is not reserved for local scripts (who came
up with that idea?  It is not from me, who introduced $all to Debian).
And $all is only broken with systemd, as it will ignore the setting.
With sysvinit/startpar/insserv, the value causes scripts to be placed
first/last in the boot/shutdown sequence.  The implementation is
slightly confusing, but it is not totally broken.

The test is good, but as I believe we need a way to scripts to get
started last during boot and first during shutdown, I believe the
proper fix is for systemd to be fixed to implement support for $all
instead of pretending that the feature is useless and reserved for
local scripts.

Happy hacking
Petter Reinholdtsen

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