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I'm trying to figure out how the init system works for these distributions, but they seem to use different layouts... How do each of them work?

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This is a QnA forum, not a mechanical-turk research site :) This would be a good time to read the documentation. – Caleb Apr 16 '11 at 15:46

There are several kinds of init systems, and some linux distros even offer more than one option. The most common are systemd, SysV, LSB, and upstart, but there are others.

Here are some details on init in OpenSUSE. Maybe if you have found others by now you can post back links.

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