7.7. Sysvinit-2.88dsf

The Sysvinit package contains programs for controlling the startup, running, and shutdown of the system.

7.7.1. Installation of Sysvinit

Apply a patch to prevent installation of unneeded programs, and allow Sysvinit to be installed in /tools:

patch -Np1 -i ../sysvinit-2.88dsf-tools_updates-1.patch

Compile the package:

make -C src clobber
make -C src CC="${CC}"

Install the package:

make -C src ROOT=/tools install

7.7.2. Configuring Sysvinit

Create a new file /tools/etc/inittab by running the following:

cat > /tools/etc/inittab << "EOF"
# Begin /tools/etc/inittab


si::sysinit:/tools/etc/rc.d/init.d/rc sysinit

l0:0:wait:/tools/etc/rc.d/init.d/rc 0
l1:S1:wait:/tools/etc/rc.d/init.d/rc 1
l2:2:wait:/tools/etc/rc.d/init.d/rc 2
l3:3:wait:/tools/etc/rc.d/init.d/rc 3
l4:4:wait:/tools/etc/rc.d/init.d/rc 4
l5:5:wait:/tools/etc/rc.d/init.d/rc 5
l6:6:wait:/tools/etc/rc.d/init.d/rc 6

ca:12345:ctrlaltdel:/tools/sbin/shutdown -t1 -a -r now



The following command adds the standard virtual terminals to /tools/etc/inittab. If your system only has a serial console skip the following command:

cat >> /tools/etc/inittab << "EOF"
1:2345:respawn:/tools/sbin/agetty --noclear -I '\033(K' tty1 9600
2:2345:respawn:/tools/sbin/agetty --noclear -I '\033(K' tty2 9600
3:2345:respawn:/tools/sbin/agetty --noclear -I '\033(K' tty3 9600
4:2345:respawn:/tools/sbin/agetty --noclear -I '\033(K' tty4 9600
5:2345:respawn:/tools/sbin/agetty --noclear -I '\033(K' tty5 9600
6:2345:respawn:/tools/sbin/agetty --noclear -I '\033(K' tty6 9600


If your system has a serial console, run the following command to add the entry to /tools/etc/inittab.

cat >> /tools/etc/inittab << "EOF"
c0:12345:respawn:/tools/sbin/agetty --noclear 115200 ttyS0 vt100


Finally, add the end line to /tools/etc/inittab.

cat >> /tools/etc/inittab << "EOF"
# End /tools/etc/inittab

The -I '\033(K' option tells agetty to send this escape sequence to the terminal before doing anything else. This escape sequence switches the console character set to a user-defined one, which can be modified by running the setfont program. Sending this escape sequence is necessary for people who use non-ISO 8859-1 screen fonts, but it does not affect native English speakers.

Details on this package are located in Section 10.60.3, “Contents of Sysvinit.”