init is the first actual process (PID 1) spawned during the boot sequence of a UNIX system. Some systems may rely on alternative solutions such as systemd or Upstart (Ubuntu).

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What exactly does init do?

I am creating a linux distro and now I need an init program. I can code in c really well and I know quite a bit about linux (not much but I've been using arch linux for development for 4 years), so I ...
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startx autologin does not run in /etc/inittab in after Debian Jessie update

I installed a minimal Debian system (stable) without GUI, switched to testing/jessie to be able to get the Cinnamon desktop, but X didn't start on boot. If I log in as myself at the CLI, I can type ...
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Linux kernel action upon init process exiting

Say I am writing my own init program running on a Linux kernel. What happens when my init program exits with return value 0 ? Additionally is the behaviour different if the return value is non-zero? ...
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What is the difference between reboot , init 6 and shutdown -r now?

I just want to know difference between in reboot init 6 shutdown -r now and which is the safest and the best?
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Orphan process's parent id is not 1 when parent process executed from GNOME Terminal

I start a new process from GNOME Terminal and then this process fork a child. But when I killed the parent process the orphaned process's parent id became something other than 1 which represent init ...
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Debian init runlevels

It used to be that when you booted most linuxes, you would boot into runlevel 6, unless you did something during the bootloading to change the runlevel,. The process would then look in ...
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lsb - log_daemon_msg echoes messages in shell console!

#!/bin/sh . /lib/lsb/init-functions log_daemon_msg "this is a daemon s message" On the shell console, it prints, this is a daemon s message A daemon process doesn't have stdout at all. So why ...
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Linux - IPC with init

The init process exists as an ancestor of all of processes on a linux system. Does this process have any kind of IPC entry point ? Do other processes ever do IPC with init for any reason ?
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“There is a loop between service rc.local and mountnfs-bootclean if started”

So this is the error I receive when I try sudo apt-get upgrade insserv: There is a loop between service rc.local and mountnfs-bootclean if started insserv: loop involving service mountnfs-bootclean ...
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Does Debian Testing use Sysvinit, Systemd or Upstart? How do I configure it (them?)?

I have a copy of Debian Gnome, installed from live medium then upgraded to testing. I've decided to change my default X environment from GDM to i3 for reasons of productivity. This lead me to wanting ...
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What is the purpose of having two login managers on one system ?

I read, that the first process born in user-space is called Init, it starts by itself further processes, it also possesses an incorporated login manager. So far, I could understand it, but than I ...
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Can root kill init process?

Can root kill init process (the process with pid 1)? What would be its consequences?
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Restarting init without restarting the system

In this question on security SE, the accepted answers states that For example, /sbin/init uses glibc [the vulnerable lib], and restarting that without a reboot is non-trivial. Now, non-trivial ...
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Why does running `killall init` as user log me out?

On multiple computers running Ubuntu 14.XX, I ran the command "killall init" as user, and was immediately logged out. I could log back in again without a problem. Why is this? What's going on behind ...
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Systemd hangs in Xen Dom0 immediately after switch_root in boot process

I've been trying to set up Xen to work with UEFI and my Arch Linux install (3.18.2) as a Dom0 but have been unable to boot. Of note is the fact that it will boot completely fine otherwise, just not ...
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Why doesn't `shutdown now` (with no other arguments) run init scripts?

I'm running Rasbpian on my Pi, and I have a script in /etc/rc0.d (or more precisely, a symlink to /etc/init.d/myscript.sh) that does some GPIO output to notify the user that power can be shut off. If ...
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New parent process when the parent process dies

In UNIX, when a parent process disappears, I thought that all child processes reset init as their parent. Is this not correct all the time? Are there any exceptions?
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segfault in libgnutls - Debian won't complete boot

this problem occurs on Debian jessie x86 with systemd. It leads to an incomplete boot sequence on init 2 because network-manager won't start. it leaves the whole system unusable NetworkManager[785]: ...
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ERROR: init: ttyS0 (/dev/ttyS0) main process (1612) terminated with status 1

I'm getting the following errors every 10-30 seconds on a virtual Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.5 2 Server on Amazons EC2. Sep 23 09:57:05 ServerName init: ttyS0 (/dev/ttyS0) main process (1612) ...
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Init as a shell script

I was going through a tutorial on setting up a custom initramfs where it states: The only thing that is missing is /init, the executable in the root of the initramfs that is executed by the ...
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Detect init system using the shell

This may have more to do with detecting operating systems, but I specifically need the init system currently in use on the system. Fedora 15 now uses systemd, Ubuntu uses Upstart, while others use ...
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Why is my Debian jessie always in runlevel 5?

I have configured the line in /etc/inittab as follows: # The default runlevel. id:2:initdefault: But after logging in the output of runlevel is as follows: N 5 So why am I in runlevel 5 instaed ...
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/init can't find /bin/mount, but find / can?

I have trouble, while booting up a linux machine of mine. During the boot phase, while running the /init script it complains about not being able to find mount. My PATH variable is set to /sbin and ...
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How to fix boot into initramfs prompt and “mount: can't read '/etc/fstab': No such file or directory” and “No init found”?

Installing a new system using a GPT partitioned disk dedicated to a single partition, ext4 formatted, extlinux (version 4.05) as bootloader, Ubuntu Core version 13.10 amd64 as rootfs, and Ubuntu ...
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Start tomcat at startup with administrative privileges

I need one process run before log in to system. How to run it like services? how do I make services in Linux? In Ubuntu and Fedora? The service is customized tomcat
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Is there any UNIX variant on which a child process dies with its parent?

I have been studying the Linux kernel behaviour for quite some time now, and it's always been clear to me that: When a process dies, all its children are given back to the init process (PID 1) ...
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Changing service startup order

I use wpa_supplicant to configure the wireless connection. Now I have a problem in that the network service starts before wpa_supplicant so this happens: Bringing up interface wlan0: Determining IP ...
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Sabayon - mysql (and other services) won't start

It's a fresh install of Sabayon Linux. I installed mysql (equo install dev-db/mysql), configured it (emerge --config ...), but it doesn't start using /etc/init.d script: # /etc/init.d/mysql start * ...
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disabling ctrl-alt-del and /etc/init

My OS is RHEL 6.2 I disable Ctrl+Alt+Del by changing in /etc/init/control-alt-del.conf the line exec /sbin/shutdown -r now "Control-alt-del pressed" by exec /bin/true I'll be testing it next ...
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Starting Qt Application On Startup for Embedded Linux

I'm trying to get a Qt application to launch immediately after booting up. When booted, the Linux image does nothing more than launch an X server and a terminal. It also has the cron daemon running in ...
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where is upstart jobs pid held [closed]

Since the upstart command keeps giving me the wrong pid for a job no matter what I try, I would like to manually change it to the correct pid. Does anybody know where the pid for upstart jobs are ...
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LinuxMint 14 x64 halts during startup at: stopping samba auto-reload integration

My Lenovo Y500 intel i7 nvidia gt 560m LinuxMint 14 x64 halts during startup at: stopping samba auto-reload integration No error shown. No login prompt. I accidentally executed this in the wrong ...
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Difference between telinit and running scripts manually under rc*.d

I was trying to debug my Linux boot process. If I set the default runlevel to 2 or 3, my system hangs without giving me a prompt. I was able to get to runlevel 1 via a kernel parameter, and ran all ...
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init.d script is not starting under virtualbox

The script is in /etc/init.d: #!/bin/bash VMUSER=myname CURRDATE=(`date +"%m-%d-%Y"` + `date +"%H:%M:%S"`) CURRTIME=(`date +"%X"`) FILE=/home/myname/log/vm-services.log VBPATH=/usr/bin start(){ ...
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How can I replace root / filesystem with another filesystem?

When the Linux kernel starts up, it uses initrd as the root / filesystem, then replaces that with a filesystem partition in fstab. Based on a test in an early init script, I want to replace that root ...
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How to boot on a ramdisk?

I'm working on a linux embedded for a custom board with a ARM9 processor. My kernel version is : 2.6.33 I'm trying to boot on a ramdisk, kernel correctly mount the file system but failed to execute ...
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What does `init [2]` mean in the COMMAND column of ps?

Reading What do the brackets around processes mean? I understand that the executable name is printed. Linux ps man page: Sometimes the process args will be unavailable; when this happens, ps will ...
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Minimal Linux with kernel and BusyBox: /etc/inittab is ignored, only /init is executed

I managed to create a small and fully functional live Linux CD which contains only kernel (compiled with default options) and BusyBox (compiled with default options + static, all applets present, ...
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What happens if I set default system runlevel to 0 or 6?

What I understand from runlevels is that in each level some programs have permission to be executed and some don't. runlevel 3 boots system into CLI and runlevel 5 starts the default GUI. But I don't ...
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CTRL-ALT-DEL for init 0?

On On my Debian 7 system the Ctrl-Alt-Del is this line below and is by default init 6 ca:12345:ctrlaltdel:/sbin/shutdown -t1 -a -r now But I want to turn for init 0 and not init 6 when I press ...
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Time that init waits before sending kill -9 upon shutdown?

As far as I understand the shutdown command: If I send a shutdown -h now init will try and stop all processes gracefully, wait a certain amount of time, then send kill -9. My question is: how long ...
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SIGKILLing after a grace period

I've seen a lot of process managers that try to do this. It was my understanding that you should only use SIGTERM to kill a process. The process could take an unknown amount of time to clean up after ...
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Server won't boot, kernel panic - not syncing

After a reboot of a CentOS 6.2 server we are getting a kernel panic with the following error: Kernel panic - not syncing: Attempted to kill init! Panic occurred, switching back to text console ...
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How do I set cron to run on background?

I am on ubuntu 12.04 and following this tutorial. I want to setup cron to run in the background but I don't have a chckconfig in sbin so I can't run sudo /sbin/chkconfig crond on I am fairly new to ...
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Emacs, complete list of color “keys”

If you want to customize the colors in Emacs, specifying them in the .emacs init file, without installing any extra package, and without using a pre-made theme, something like this seems to work: ...
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Dedicated-purpose, single application linux boxes

I'm designing an app that will be deployed/installed to a linux machine (perhaps Archlinux, but could be any distro and in fact I would actually prefer something lightweight and inside the Debian ...
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What are my problems with my VMWare runlevel setup?

I recently upgraded to Debian Wheezy (7) and had to upgrade VMWare Player along with that since the version I had didn't like the 3.2 kernel. However, I notice that the kernel modules aren't starting ...
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How does init determine which devices to modprobe?

I'm building a totally custom initramfs for a netbooting project and in the process learning a lot about it, but I'm a little puzzled by the loading of modules. I know modprobe can be used to load ...
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(nologin) root and id X re-spawning

Today I faced a strange issue on one of the test server. Server was set to Runlevel 5. But it didnt work and system changed to runlevel 3. It was showing "init: Id "x" respawning too fast: disabled ...
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When would you use pivot_root over switch_root?

I'm wanting to understand the Linux init process better in order to netboot a system over ceph rather than nfs. In the process I've come across two forms of switching root. One called switch_root, ...