This is the first edition (I think) of antiX with an alternative to sysvinit. This is runit, the same init/service supervisor Void and Artix use. As far as I know this is the first application in a debian based system.
Check https://antixlinux.com/download/ for a close mirror to test run a live image. The X is configured with ICEWM and antiX’s huge assortment of tools and helpers. For information on how runit works I recommend https://wiki.voidlinux.org/runit and https://wiki.artixlinux.org/Main/Runit (void and artix linux wiki pages), although antiX’s implementation of runit seems a little different.
Very good work and very refreshing to see something like this on a debian based system.
I’d like to inform you about my new Linux distribution called KISS.
Independent (not based on anything else).
Source based (like gentoo or crux).
Busybox init (busybox includes runit style services, sysvinit style services or plain shell scripts)
Packages compile without Telemetry/tracking.
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For those who have never heard the name of the distribution and have not researched the late and current differences of init systems and service management and supervision, this may be a shock and major news. For those who have really done their research, they have gone beyond the pop-ular polarization and fallacy of “systemd vs sysvinit” , there is nothing new here to read … Continue reading
The best of ALL WORLDS has come together!
VOID-linux + s6 + 66 + musl
# xbps-query -Rs musl | grep "[*]"
[*] musl-1.1.22_1 The musl C library
[*] musl-fts-1.2.7_3 Implementation of fts(3) for musl libc
# xbps-query -Rs s6
[-] 66-0.1.0.0_1 Helpers tools around s6-rc
[-] 66-devel-0.1.0.0_1 Helpers tools around s6-rc - develelopment files
[-] 66-doc-0.1.0.0_1 Helpers tools around s6-rc - documentation
[-] s6-184.108.40.206_1 Small suite of programs for UNIX, designed to allow process supervi...
[-] s6-devel-220.127.116.11_1 s6 supervision library and headers
[-] s6-dns-18.104.22.168_2 Suite of DNS client programs and libraries for Unix systems
[-] s6-dns-devel-22.214.171.124_2 Suite of DNS client programs and libraries for Unix systems - devel...
[-] s6-dns-doc-126.96.36.199_2 Suite of DNS client programs and libraries for Unix systems - docum...
[-] s6-doc-188.8.131.52_1 s6 supervision documentation
[-] s6-linux-utils-184.108.40.206_1 Minimalistic Linux-specific system utilities (s6-chroot, s6-mount e...
[-] s6-linux-utils-doc-220.127.116.11_1 Minimalistic Linux-specific system utilities (s6-chroot, s6-mount e...
[-] s6-networking-18.104.22.168_1 Suite of small network utilities for Unix systems
[-] s6-networking-devel-22.214.171.124_1 Suite of small network utilities for Unix systems - development files
[-] s6-networking-doc-126.96.36.199_1 Suite of small network utilities for Unix systems - documentation
[-] s6-portable-utils-188.8.131.52_2 Tiny portable generic utilities (s6-cat, s6-chmod, etc.)
[-] s6-portable-utils-doc-184.108.40.206_2 Tiny portable generic utilities (s6-cat, s6-chmod, etc.) - document...
[-] s6-rc-0.5.0.0_2 Service manager of the s6 init system
[-] s6-rc-doc-0.5.0.0_2 Service manager of the s6 init system - documentation
S6 appears as the init system that few distributions have chosen as their default init and service management/supervision (obarun and possibly Adélie once stable is released). There are quite a few commercial servers running on this system. For general personal use s6 seems complex, but complex is not always a bad thing. It would be unfair to compare it with older systems such as SysV-init. Sysvinit is the system that the overwhelming majority of enterprise system administrators had learned on and relied on for decades (yes it is more than one). Upstart seems extinct by now, and OpenRC is getting old as well, and didn’t necessarily deviate much from the path of sysvinit. But then there is Runit. Void and Artix appear the first two we think right away that use it. S6 is a step further into the future of unix-like systems. Continue reading
@nous from artix has issued a script that will switch an arch installation (and most arch based distros) from systemd to operc. For runit this script is easily adoptable and equally easy to convert from openrc to runit and back, following the wiki procedure.
The procedure has been elegantly labeled FUCKTHESKULLOFSYSTEMD
You can download the script and save it, then run it as root, or copy the text below into a script and run it, or you can just follow it by running each command manually so you can understand the process better.
Your original pacman.conf will be backed up at /etc/pacman.conf.arch – ENJOY
Davin McCall wrote a very extensive report on the peculiarities of init systems and service supervisors, how some of their differences are based on choice of compromises. On the vagaries of init systems
Then, some days later, a response to this article came from Chris Siebenmann who introduces us to even more dillemas and criteria to choose what init system suits a specific use best. Continue reading