[erlang-questions] crazy thoughts: inittab and erl node
Tue May 8 00:43:16 CEST 2007
Alex Arnon wrote:
> Unix's init cannot be trivially replaced, as it spawns several critical
> kernel threads, and manages runlevels as well.
untrue. Many embedded systems use /bin/sh as a replacement for init,
and, in fact, on linux (at least) you can pass "init=/bin/sh" to the
kernel, and init won't be invoked at all, you'll be left at a
rudimentary '#' prompt, and will need to check/mount non-root
The runlevels stuff is just you telling init what to do, plus a bit of
processing to interpret things like 'power is failing'.
Having "init" start kernel threads would involve init loading modules
into the kernel, (see: http://www.scs.ch/~frey/linux/kernelthreads.html)
No such thing happens (on an otherwise 'stock' system, anyway.)
But you are correct, that starting an erlang system from a boot script
is likely the 'right thing', though if you've got two (or more) erlang
"processes" protecting each other, you might have a difficult time
killing them on shutdown.
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