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Four years ago, during DebConf 7 in Edinburgh, I had the idea of creating init scripts not by hand, but rather describe them in a declarative way that handles most common cases and generate the real init scripts from them. Back than, this was partly motivated by the varying quality of init scripts and the advent of an alternative init system, upstart, for which proper service files could be generated as well.
Yesterday, I got this mail:
I'm not very familiar with Debian ecosystem, however our company has recently switched to exclusively using Debian based servers, please forgive me if there exists a better channel for sending patches.
We need (in house) to create a lot of trivial services and the sysv init system seems an ideal way to manage them, and metainit an great way to keep the config simple.
However all our scripts require a heartbeat, the way we normally do this is with a bunch of checkers launched from cron. Metainit was ideal, but lacked the simple 'status' task found in most init scripts.
This small patch adds that task, I hope you and others find it usefull.
together with the mentioned patch. So it turned out that the idea was a useful one after all, although it found its use on our user’s machines, and not within the Debian packages, as I originally anticipated. Nice!
During the recent discussions about the latest init system, systemd, there were more thoughts about generating init scripts/upstart service descriptions/systemd units from a declarative description, and if metainit had taken off back then, things would be easier now. So if anyone feels like reviving the project: Please do.