8.78. Sysvinit-3.07

The Sysvinit package contains programs for controlling the startup, running, and shutdown of the system.

Approximate build time: less than 0.1 SBU
Required disk space: 4.4 MB

8.78.1. Installation of Sysvinit

First, apply a patch that removes several programs installed by other packages, clarifies a message, and fixes a compiler warning:

patch -Np1 -i ../sysvinit-3.07-consolidated-1.patch

Compile the package:


This package does not come with a test suite.

Install the package:

make install

8.78.2. Contents of Sysvinit

Installed programs: bootlogd, fstab-decode, halt, init, killall5, poweroff (link to halt), reboot (link to halt), runlevel, shutdown, and telinit (link to init)

Short Descriptions


Logs boot messages to a log file


Runs a command with fstab-encoded arguments


Normally invokes shutdown with the -h option, but when already in run-level 0, it tells the kernel to halt the system; it notes in the file /var/log/wtmp that the system is going down


The first process to be started when the kernel has initialized the hardware; it takes over the boot process and starts all the processes specified in its configuration file


Sends a signal to all processes, except the processes in its own session; it will not kill its parent shell


Tells the kernel to halt the system and switch off the computer (see halt)


Tells the kernel to reboot the system (see halt)


Reports the previous and the current run-level, as noted in the last run-level record in /run/utmp


Brings the system down in a secure way, signaling all processes and notifying all logged-in users


Tells init which run-level to change to