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

Pierre Ynard linkfanel at yahoo.fr
Mon Feb 4 11:22:42 GMT 2019

> > udev (not even original systemd software) [...] (and unlike init,
> > there's no alternative to it)
> The Devuan people would like to introduce you to vdev
> <https://git.devuan.org/devuan-packages/vdev>.
> Laurent Bercot would like to introduce you to mdevd
> <http://skarnet.org/software/mdevd/mdevd.html>.
> I have service bundles for four different Linux plug-and-play managers
> <http://jdebp.eu./Softwares/nosh/guide/networking.html#Plug-and-Play>
> in the nosh toolset.

Yes, thank you for clarifying this!

Personally I really don't have much of a use case for plug-and-play.
Rather, the way I look at it is how to avoid unwanted components that
get pulled on my system. And unfortunately as far as I can see, none
of these alternatives are packaged in Debian, and more importantly,
packages like xserver-xorg-core for example declare a hard dependency on
udev with no alternative mechanism.

If you want to know, these alternatives are something I suggested in my
udev rant: https://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=827704 You
can see where that went.

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

And there's also the pattern of packages installing their files into
their own private hierarchy under /opt/<vendor>/<package>/ ... much
like what happens under \Program Files\ on Microsoft Windows, the
rationale being, it's well-suited to avoid collisions without central


Pierre Ynard

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