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May 26, 2006, 05:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mark Alexander Bain)

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"runit, a Unix init scheme with service supervision written by Gerrit Pape, is a complete replacement for SysVinit. Its key benefits include improved boot speed and ease of use. In the time that it takes you to read this article, you could move from init to runit.

"In a recent article covering the use of cinit to implement a parallel boot process, I managed to turn a booting time of 2 minutes 54 seconds into 2 minutes 3 seconds--a massive saving of 51 seconds. By converting the same Linux machine to runit, I was able to reduce booting time to 55 seconds. And as for ease of use, it took me two days of work to convert to using cinit, and only one hour to do the same with runit..."

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