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# No smooth transition in Debian

Bugreport 638019 appears to be very straight forward, until the code finally hit Debian Testing last weekend. A simple relocation of a FIFO-buffer from /dev to /run caused direct trouble for machines with systemd and a normal shutdown wasn’t possible anymore. Both bugs 657979 and 657990 are a results of the modification. Seeing the overview of effected files and made me go back to the previous working release of source package sysvinit with the following commands

$cd xdg-user-dir DOWNLOAD$ wget http://snapshot.debian.org/archive/debian/20111223T034013Z/pool/main/s/sysvinit/bootlogd_2.88dsf-18_amd64.deb
$wget http://snapshot.debian.org/archive/debian/20111223T034013Z/pool/main/s/sysvinit/initscripts_2.88dsf-18_amd64.deb$ wget http://snapshot.debian.org/archive/debian/20111223T034013Z/pool/main/s/sysvinit/sysv-rc_2.88dsf-18_all.deb
$wget http://snapshot.debian.org/archive/debian/20111223T034013Z/pool/main/s/sysvinit/sysvinit-utils_2.88dsf-18_amd64.deb$ wget http://snapshot.debian.org/archive/debian/20111223T034013Z/pool/main/s/sysvinit/sysvinit_2.88dsf-18_amd64.deb
$dpkg -i bootlogd_2.88dsf-18_amd64.deb initscripts_2.88dsf-18_amd64.deb sysvinit_2.88dsf-18_amd64.deb sysvinit-utils_2.88dsf-18_amd64.deb sysv-rc_2.88dsf-18_all.deb  And as there is no solution for now except a dependency change for systemd the package are being placed on hold like the last time they broke systemd. echo "bootlogd hold" | sudo dpkg --set-selections echo "initscripts hold" | sudo dpkg --set-selections echo "sysvinit hold" | sudo dpkg --set-selections echo "sysvinit-utils hold" | sudo dpkg --set-selections$ echo "sysv-rc hold" | sudo dpkg --set-selections


It sounds strange for Linux-people, but I really wished I had an alternative boot environment like Solaris has. Maybe this is the reason for me to invest more time in read-write within BtrFS.

## By Hans Spaans

Unix & security consultant with a passion for Linux, Solaris, PostgreSQL, Perl and network services, but also a strong believer in open and free source, standards and content.