OpenRC is a dependency-based init system that works with the
system-provided init program, normally
/sbin/init. Currently, it does
not have an init program of its own.
OpenRC requires GNU make.
Once you have GNU Make installed, the default OpenRC installation can be executed using this command:
You may wish to configure the installation by passing one or more of the below arguments to the make command
PROGLDFLAGS=-static LIBNAME=lib64 DESTDIR=/tmp/openrc-image MKNET=no MKPAM=pam MKPREFIX=yes MKPKGCONFIG=no MKSELINUX=yes MKSTATICLIBS=no MKTERMCAP=ncurses MKTERMCAP=termcap PKG_PREFIX=/usr/pkg LOCAL_PREFIX=/usr/local PREFIX=/usr/local BRANDING=\"Gentoo/$(uname -s)\"
We don't support building a static OpenRC with PAM.
You may need to use
PROGLDFLAGS=-Wl,-Bstatic on glibc instead of just
If you are building OpenRC for a Gentoo Prefix installation, add
PKG_PREFIX should be set to where packages install to by default.
LOCAL_PREFIX should be set when to where user maintained packages are.
LOCAL_PREFIX if different from
PREFIX should be set when OpenRC is not installed to /.
If any of the following files exist then we do not overwrite them
/etc/devd.conf /etc/rc /etc/rc.shutdown /etc/conf.d/*
rc.shutdown are the hooks from the BSD init into OpenRC.
devd.conf is modified from FreeBSD to call
/etc/rc.devd which is a
generic hook into OpenRC.
inittab is the same, but for SysVInit as used by most Linux distributions.
This can be found in the support folder.
Obviously, if you're installing this onto a system that does not use OpenRC by default then you may wish to backup the above listed files, remove them and then install so that the OS hooks into OpenRC.
If you are using Gentoo Linux, bugs can be filed on their bugzilla under
gentoo hosted projects product and the
openrc component .
Otherwise, you can report issues on our github .
Better yet, if you can contribute code, please feel free to submit pull requests .
We have an official irc channel, #openrc on freenode, feel free to join us there.