Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 30th Apr 2010 18:41 UTC, submitted by diegocg
Linux Via LWN: "Lennart Poettering has put up a lengthy post describing the 'systemd' project, which is creating a new init system. The whole thing is an interesting discussion of how system initialization should work. Upstart maintainer Scott James Remnant has posted a response to the announcement."
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RE[3]: launchd
by Zifre on Fri 30th Apr 2010 21:12 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: launchd"
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His only concrete objections are (1) not all existing daemons would be compatible with launchd, and (2) launchd is not flexible enough to do everything he can conceive.

He also says that launchd is a bit Mac specific.

I believe it would be wiser to use a working, release-quality codebase than to write something from scratch. If more backwards compatibility is needed, it would be much simpler to add this functionality to launchd - there is nothing in its architecture to prevent this.

If systemd had not been written yet, maybe it would have been easier to adapt launchd. However, systemd already works reasonably well, and it might take less work to complete systemd than to adapt launchd to Linux.

Plus, if Linux adopted launchd, daemons could be written to be compatible with both Linux and OS X, and developers from both communities could contribute to the further development of launchd. Both OSs would benefit from sharing an open standard.

I agree. However, the daemon requirements for systemd and launchd are very similar, and it should take little or no work to make daemons work on both systems.

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