Bug#132542: sysvinit: please make /etc/init.d/rcS a conffile

Jonathan de Boyne Pollard J.deBoynePollard-newsgroups at NTLWorld.COM
Sat Feb 2 10:31:57 GMT 2019

Thorsten Glaser:

 > Just accept that this idea, originating from the systemd people at 
Fedora/Freedesktop, is NOT welcome to classical Unix people.

Ahem!  We classical Unix people experienced this idea in the late 1980s, 
from where it *really* originated, Sun and AT&T.

* https://groups.google.com/d/msg/comp.sys.sun/K9286yRtZ8c/Abwzdo05gMMJ

The separate /sbin that you are asserting to be classical Unix and 
suggesting as the place to put things here, actually was not classical 
Unix in the first place.  Sun's Rusty Sandberg is credited with 
inventing the ideas of /var and /sbin which the world gained with SunOS 
4.0 in 1988, a year before AT&T System 5 Release 4 put it into /usr as 
/usr/sbin with only a symbolic link at /sbin, and two years before 
4.3BSD Reno adopted it in 1990, the BSD world having to that point used 
/etc for such binaries.  Having things in lots of directories under /usr 
(/usr/amdahl/bin, /usr/ucb, /usr/5bin, /usr/3bin, /usr/eun, 
/usr/stanford/bin, /usr/brl, /usr/bbn, /usr/jerq/bin, and so on) 
*pre-dates* the very idea of /sbin on Unix and was how things were for 
most of the 1980s and the 1970s.


* https://unix.stackexchange.com/a/448799/5132

* https://groups.google.com/d/msg/comp.unix.wizards/pLc_jhCUDtU/WD92a732Nx4J

Almost everything in *lots* of pseudo-user directories under /usr was 
the actual classical Unix way.

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