1 Can a good thing get better, and by how much? Wasn’t 66-info good enough, transparent enough, detailed enough? It was. It is no more. Gone!
2 Wasn’t the Obarun-Install software one of the attractions in Obarun, I thought, was the precision and ease of the installer. Gone (will be in a few days)!
1 66-intree & 66-inservice
One of the most used tools in the 66 suite of software was 66-info. 66-info -T gave information about service trees, and 66-info -S gave information about a particular service, its status, its configuration, its environment, etc. Really useful tools that we lacked in most other init and service managers. Well, it is gone, deprecated, dead and forgotten. BUT WHY?
. . . . . A 66 FAQ document
Is 66 different than s6 or an alternative to it?
NO! 66 is a layer of software on top of s6 that makes s6 easier and more understandable to users with little or no experience in unix-system-administration. 66 takes bundles of complicated s6 commands and scripts and simplifies them into 66 commands that help you customize and optimize your system just the way you need. Experienced enterprise lever administrators are not limited by 66 in any way, it only makes monitoring their systems easier and quicker.
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