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Add item to inittab on OpenSuse 12.1

I have the following entry in my /etc/inittab (on OpenSuse 12.1):


Which won't execute no matter what I try to do.

  • comment it out
  • run init q
  • uncomment it
  • run init q again

Still it will not run!

I then run it manually as root:

lorraine:/home/joseph # /usr/local/gpm/bin/gpsrvd &
[1] 5646

and it runs :

lorraine:/home/joseph # ps aux | grep gpsr
root      5646  0.0  0.0  45960  2276 pts/0    S    12:24   0:00 /usr/local/gpm/bin/gpsrvd

So, what could be different when running this via init? Does the init behavior vary in 12.1 that it was on earlier versions of OpenSuse?

Thanks in advance for constructive answers...


1 Answer 1


OpenSuse 12.1 has switched to systemd which doesn't use /etc/inittab anymore but /etc/systemd/ with separate configuration files instead.

  • thanks I've tried checking the docs for how I might do this in the new systemd world, but can't seem to make any progress. All I can see is docs dealing with services, sockets, daemons, etc. But what about emulating / replacing inittab usecases like this one?
    – JWL
    Commented Aug 6, 2012 at 13:46
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    @nemesisfixx see unix.stackexchange.com/a/43176/8979 for details, it is basically the exact same question Commented Aug 6, 2012 at 14:34

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