Linux command comparison

Hans Fugal hans at
Fri Dec 8 06:56:24 MST 2006

I heartily agree, although it bears mentioning that some distros are
making the long-overdue migration away from System V init schemes (the
symlinks in /etc/rc.d or similar places) to something better. e.g.
Ubunutu is using upstart, which looks very cool, and Debian has optional
support for upstart and other systems like runit.

In any case, get under the hood. A good excercise is to manually walk
through everything that happens at boot until your gui or login prompt
pops up. It will take some googling and asking, bu it will be

On Fri,  8 Dec 2006 at 00:42 -0700, Alex Esplin wrote:
> On 12/8/06, Doran Barton <fozz at> wrote:
> >Even though tools exist on different distributions (chkconfig for
> >RH/Mandriva, update-rc.d on Debian(isms), yast on SUSE), they all do mostly
> >the same dang thing: maintain symbolic links between files in /etc/init.d 
> >(or
> >/etc/rc.d/init.d) and the run level directories init scripts process for 
> >the
> >respective run level.
> >
> >If you learn about the fundamental activity these tools are doing, the 
> >tools
> >themselves are just convenience. Knowing what's going on behind the scenes,
> >you can pretty much manage anything on any of the distributions.
> I would tend to agree fairly strongly on this.  Not that I am making
> any claims to knowing anything, but after using Gentoo for a while, I
> know a heck of a lot more about other distributions than I did before.
> So pick your favorite distro and do some digging into how it handles
> all of that stuff, and most of that knowledge will carry over.
> -- 
> Alex Esplin
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Hans Fugal ;
There's nothing remarkable about it. All one has to do is hit the 
right keys at the right time and the instrument plays itself.
    -- Johann Sebastian Bach
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