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Penguin Magazine: System V Init

Apr 18, 2000, 15:09 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Scott R. Haven)

[ Thanks to Raul for this link. ]

"Derived from AT&T's "System V" Unix, the Linux init process is designed to control the startup and shutdown of system services, or "daemons." Similar to Safe Mode in Windows 95/98, the init process allows for different startup configurations or "runlevels.""

"The init process affords us a great deal of flexibility and functionality by providing:

  • Simplified administration - Services are controlled in a consistent manner, from a centralized location.
  • Customization - Each runlevel can be customized to provide distinct start up configurations.
  • Troubleshooting - Administrators can use the various runlevels to resolve startup and shutdown issues."
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