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How does Ubuntu's Upstart system initialization compare with runit?

Mar 17, 2009, 15:32 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Vincent Danen)

"When I recently installed Fedora Core 10, I found that one of the new features was the use of Ubuntu’s Upstart, a SysV init replacement system. I’ve taken the opportunity to poke at it a little bit and see how it compares to runit and SysV init, especially in light of the fact that a number of features it does have or plans to have mimic a lot of the things that made runit and supervised services so appealing.

"According to Canonical, Upstart is an event-based replacement for SysV init, that handles the starting of tasks and services during boot. It stops them during shutdown, and supervises them while the system is running. From an end-user perspective, the system boots no differently."

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