Init : someone could comment this ?

Casey Dahlin cjdahlin at
Sun Jan 6 00:16:03 UTC 2008

Tanguy Eric wrote:
> I just find this
> maybe it's known but someone could comment this because it seems to gain init time.
> Eric
There is work being done in this area for Fedora as well. I've been 
working on a parallel booting system for us that also will provide dbus 
notifications for the starting of various services. (Hopefully I'll be 
leading a hackfest at FUDCon in a few days to get a few more eyes and 
hands on the code).

We have had discussions on this in the past and had similarly decided 
not to replace the init daemon. We also decided that we wanted to retain 
compatibility with conventional sysvinit scripts.

As for rewriting some of the scripts themselves in a non-bash language, 
there may be an advantage. I don't know if I like python in particular 
for this roll (maybe something like Haskell that has proven to be light 
and quick as well as nicer to deal with) but python is very entrenched 
in Fedora, and I believe RPM/YUM still depends on it, so there's a low 
cost to using it. Bash does a lot by running other programs, and that is 
a lot of extra IO.

Those are what I see to be the points in the article that are relevant 
to Fedora. The other elements are interesting, but not directly related 
to the general aspect of improving boot speed.


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