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Upstart on openSUSE Howto

This guide is based on openSUSE 10.3 alpha 2 and Upstart 0.3.8. If you run into problems consult the ["Debugging"] page for help. The trick of switching init to /bin/sh should be helpful if you run into booting problems.

  1. Download Upstart and the example jobs from the [ download page].

  2. Follow the initial instructions on the [ Getting Started page].

    1. Configure Upstart with the prefix=/opt/upstart command. This does not replace the existing init.

    2. Execute "make" and "make install"
    3. Untar the example jobs in the /etc/event.d directory. Upstart scans all files in /etc/event.d. Remember to remove the examples tar file from /etc/event.d.
    4. Add a new alternative kernel configuration line to /boot/grub/menu.lst. Copy the four lines that represent the default kernel configuration. Modify the kernel line to include:

  1. We have configured and compiled Upstart with the prefix=/opt/upstart command in this Howto. All Upstart commands are located in /opt/upstart/sbin. To reference the correct commands we have to add /opt/upstart/sbin to our path.

In the /etc/event.d directory execute the following command:
perl -pi -e 'undef $/; s/script\n/script\n        export PATH=\/opt\/upstart\/sbin:\$PATH\n/' rc*


Add export PATH=/opt/upstart/sbin:$PATH to each rc file immediately after the beginning of the script block by hand

  1. openSUSE requires execution of /etc/init.d/boot early in the boot phase. Also, openSUSE does not have a /etc/init.d/rcS script, instead it uses the same /etc/init.d/rc script as other runlevels. For these reasons, modify /etc/event.d/rcS:

        export PATH=/opt/upstart/sbin:$PATH  # <-- ALREADY ADDED FROM PREVIOUS STEP
        exec /etc/init.d/boot                # <-- ADD THIS LINE
        runlevel --set S >/dev/null || true
        exec /etc/init.d/rc S"               # ADD A SPACE BETWEEN rc and S
  1. openSUSE uses /sbin/mingetty, not /sbin/getty as the example jobs do. We have to substitute each getty reference to the correct openSUSE mingetty. In the /etc/event.d directory execute the following command:

perl -pi -e 's/getty 38400/mingetty/' tty*
  1. The /etc/event.d/control-alt-delete job definition file references the default shutdown command. That is the incorrect command. Modify /etc/event.d/control-alt-delete:

start on control-alt-delete
    export PATH=/opt/upstart/sbin:$PATH               # <-- ADD THIS LINE
    exec shutdown -r now "Control-Alt-Delete pressed" # REMOVE /sbin/ FROM THIS LINE
end script
  1. Modify the path to include "/opt/upstart/sbin" first. This will make sure that you execute the Upstart versions of system commands like reboot, telinit, etc.

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