[blfs-book] r9000 - trunk/bootscripts/blfs/init.d

DJ Lucas dj at linuxfromscratch.org
Sat Nov 26 17:33:32 PST 2011

On 11/26/2011 05:06 PM, Wayne Blaszczyk wrote:
> I had another look. I'm still confused about the INIT INFO section.
> Namely, the
> # Provides:
> # Required-Start:
> # Should-Start:
> # Required-Stop:
> # Should-Stop:
> Are these comments only, or do they actually do something? Some have $
> signs (variables?), and others don't. In the above example you have
> 'Provides: $svnserve', I don't see the connection between svn and mysql.
> Is there some documentation on how to write up these 'new' bootscripts.
> Wayne.

Yes, it is all in the LSB 4.1 specification. Unfortunately, 
linux-foundation.org seems to be down right now, but here is a copy of 
the reserved facility names mentioned in the 4.0 spec (they should not 
have changed in 4.1):

20.6 Facility Names

Boot  facilities  are used to indicate dependencies in initialization 
scripts, as de­
fined in  Comment Conventions for Init Scripts. Facility names are 
assigned to
scripts by the  Provides:  keyword. Facility names that begin with a 
dollar sign
('$') are reserved system facility names.

Note: Facility names are only recognized in the context of the init 
script comment
block and are not available in the body of the init script. In 
particular, the use of the
leading '$' character does not imply system facility names are subject 
to shell vari­able
expansion, since they appear inside comments.

Conforming   applications   shall   not   provide   facilities   that   
begin  with   a   dollar
sign. Implementations shall provide the following facility names:

$local_fs: all local file systems are mounted

$network: basic  networking  support is available. Example: a server  
program could
listen on a socket.

$named: IP   name­to­address   translation,   using   the   interfaces   
described   in   this
specification, are available to the level the system normally provides 
Example: if a DNS query daemon normally provides this facility, then that
daemon has been started.

$portmap: daemons providing SunRPC/ONCRPC portmapping service as defined in
RFC   1833:   Binding   Protocols   for   ONC   RPC   Version   2  (if   
present)   are

$remote_fs: all remote file systems are available. In some 
configurations, file systems
such as /usr may be remote. Many applications that require $local_fs will
probably also require $remote_fs.

$syslog: system logger is operational.

$time: the system time has been set, for example by using a 
network­based time
program such as ntp or rdate, or via the hardware Real Time Clock.

Other (non­system) facilities may be defined by other conforming 
These facilities shall be named using the same conventions defined for 
init scripts (see Script Names). Commonly, the facility provided by a 
ing init script will have the same name as the name assigned to the init 


Names for other scripts are maintained at LANANA, but common sense will 
likely yield a valid facility name that is already in the registry with 
the "Reserved for LSB-Compliant Distributions" tag. The list is 
available here: http://www.lanana.org/lsbreg/init/init.txt although I 
now find that "apache" is there as well as "httpd" which didn't used to 
be the case. Personally, I'd prefer to be as unambiguous as possible in 
cases like above. IOW don't use a vendor name because that vendor might 
provide other services.

As far as the spec is concerned, I wasn't able to find a copy of 4.1, 
but here is a copy of 4.0:


Really the only significant change between 4.0 and 4.1 is the addition 
of the xdg specs as required instead of recommended.


-- DJ Lucas

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