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= Ignite, a simple and robust init replacement ignite is a set of scripts to boot Arch Linux using runit for service supervision. == Benefits Robust, proven software: ignite is based on runit (which has been in development since 2001), a high quality implementation of ideas dating back to 1997 and earlier. Simple configuration: ignite allows you to configure Arch using /etc/rc.conf, like back in the old days. Low overhead: runit-run is a tiny, statically linked binary that only does the absolutely essential things. Non-intrusive: ignite wont replace your cron, getty or syslog-ng. You are still free to do that yourself, if you want to. Portability: the scripts can be easily adapted to other Linux distribution, or even other unixish operating systems. Full control: ignite will never start anything you didn't tell it about. ignite also supports read-only root file systems. == Setup READ THIS CAREFULLY OR YOUR SYSTEM WILL NOT BOOT SUCCESSFULLY. If you booted with sysvinit, make a copy of /usr/bin/init to /usr/bin/init.sysv, else you cannot reboot cleanly. Install runit-musl and ignite-git from AUR. Ensure that you have at least one agetty-tty1 process in DAEMONS. Note that services mentioned in /etc/inittab will not be picked up anymore. You can reboot with "init.sysv 6" after installation if you booted with sysvinit. == Configuration ignite is configured using /etc/rc.conf and respects these variables: HARDWARECLOCK=UTC|local TIMEZONE= KEYMAP= CONSOLEFONT= CONSOLEMAP= MODULES=() # prefix ! is not supported USEDMRAID=no|yes USEBTRFS=no|yes USELVM=no|yes HOSTNAME= # or use /etc/hostname DAEMONS=(alsa syslog-ng crond) # see below, prefix ! disables DAEMONS refer to service directories in /etc/sv. Other runlevels can be defined in /etc/rc.conf as well by setting $DAEMONS_foo to an array of services. You can boot these by adding runlevel=foo to the kernel command line. There is a predefined runlevel "single" which also can be triggered by appending "single", "1", "S", or "-s" to the kernel command line. It is predefined to only start sulogin on tty1, and takes extra precaution to allow the root filesystem to be (re-)mountable read-only. The "emergency" runlevel (or "-b") can be used to get a root shell in stage 2. You can change runlevels in the running system by executing "runsvchdir $runlevel". This will shut down all services that are not in the new runlevel, and start the missing ones. Services defined in both runlevels will keep running. == Additional Arch configuration points * If you use syslog-ng, ensure that you source from 'unix-dgram("/dev/log");' in /etc/syslog-ng/syslog-ng.conf. * Restore core dumps: remove /usr/lib/sysctl.d/coredump.conf * Revert network interface renaming: ln -s /dev/null /etc/udev/rules.d/80-net-name-slot.rules * For NFS server support, you need: nfsd rpcbind rpc.idmapd rpc.mountd rpc.statd (and, if desired: rpc.gssd rpc.svcgssd) * For NFS client support, you need: rpcbind rpc.statd (and, if desired: rpc.gssd) * With xorg-server 1.16.0+, you may need a file /etc/X11/Xwrapper.config with following contents (also see Xorg.wrap(1)) needs_root_rights = yes allowed_users = anybody == How it works ignite uses runit, with "1 2 3"-scripts adapted from Arch initscripts 2012.05.1, back when they were plain bash scripts. The "1 2 3"- scripts are very straight forward, you can read them easily. Phase 1 configures the system initially. It can be interrupted at almost any time by pressing C-c, which will drop you into a sulogin, so you can change stuff. Upon exiting this emergency shell, booting resumes at that step. STDOUT and STDERR are logged into dmesg. In phase 2, $DAEMONS scripts are linked to /run/runit/runsvdir/*, and runsvchdir picks them up. You can fiddle around there yourself, but changes won't be persistent. Use plain "runsv /etc/sv/$DAEMON" if you just want to try a daemon and not permanently enable it. Use shutdown/halt/reboot to enter phase 3, which stops all services, unmounts everything and lets runit turn off/reboot the machine. == Limitations - No support for non-UTF8 environments - Only simple crypttab support (no 3rd and 4th column) - Some irrelevant features of shutdown/halt/reboot are not implemented == Copyright runit is BSD licensed. ignite is in the public domain. To the extent possible under law, the creator of this work has waived all copyright and related or neighboring rights to this work. http://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/