init-system-helpers - helper tools for all init systems

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Distribution Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus)
Repository Ubuntu Updates Main amd64
Package filename init-system-helpers_1.29ubuntu4_all.deb
Package name init-system-helpers
Package version 1.29ubuntu4
Package release -
Package architecture all
Package type deb
Category admin
Homepage -
License -
Maintainer Ubuntu Developers <>
Download size 31.58 KB
Installed size 111.00 KB
This package contains helper tools that are necessary for switching between
the various init systems that Debian contains (e. g. sysvinit or
systemd). An example is deb-systemd-helper, a script that enables systemd unit
files without depending on a running systemd.
It also includes the "service", "invoke-rc.d", and "update-rc.d" scripts which
provide an abstraction for enabling, disabling, starting, and stopping
services for all supported Debian init systems as specified by the policy.
While this package is maintained by pkg-systemd-maintainers, it is NOT
specific to systemd at all. Maintainers of other init systems are welcome to
include their helpers in this package.


Package Version Architecture Repository
init-system-helpers_1.29ubuntu4_all.deb 1.29ubuntu4 all Ubuntu Updates Main
init-system-helpers_1.29ubuntu1_all.deb 1.29ubuntu1 all Ubuntu Main
init-system-helpers_1.29ubuntu1_all.deb 1.29ubuntu1 all Ubuntu Main
init-system-helpers - - -


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perl-base >= 5.20.1-3


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file-rc << 0.8.17~
openrc <= 0.18.3-1


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sysv-rc << 2.88dsf-59.3~
sysvinit-utils << 2.88dsf-59.3


Type URL
Binary Package init-system-helpers_1.29ubuntu4_all.deb
Source Package init-system-helpers

Install Howto

  1. Update the package index:
    # sudo apt-get update
  2. Install init-system-helpers deb package:
    # sudo apt-get install init-system-helpers




2016-11-29 - Steve Langasek <>
init-system-helpers (1.29ubuntu4) xenial; urgency=medium
* script/invoke-rc.d: backport change from 1.36 so that logs showing a
failure to start a service with systemd will include the necessary
information to debug, not just instructions to run an additional
command.  LP: #1596056.
2016-09-12 - Martin Pitt <>
init-system-helpers (1.29ubuntu3) xenial-proposed; urgency=medium
* invoke-rc.d, service: Only ignore systemd unit dependencies before "systemctl is-system-running" might still be false in
case of running jobs  for device/mount/hotplug/dynamic actions units. But
in those cases we already do want to respect unit dependencies, as the
system is booted up sufficiently to avoid dependency loops. Thus weaken
the condition to " is active".
This does not change the behaviour for single-user: is-system-running has
always been false there, so dependencies continue to be ignored.
Fixes installation of packages like PostgreSQL under cloud-init or when
manually installing packages right after booting.
LP: #1576692
2016-05-06 - Martin Pitt <>
init-system-helpers (1.29ubuntu2) xenial; urgency=medium
* invoke-rc.d: Under systemd, "runlevel" only switches to 3 or 5 when have been reached, not before.
Adjust the runlevel check accordingly. This is only relevant for the check
for wrong/dangling rcN.d/ symlinks, so just pin it to "5" (the precise
value does not matter much). Fixing this in systemd requires bigger
architectural changes, so use this tiny (and backportable) bandaid for the
time being. (LP: #1575572)
2016-03-04 - Martin Pitt <>
init-system-helpers (1.29ubuntu1) xenial; urgency=medium
* Merge from Debian unstable.  Remaining changes:
- init: Drop sysvinit-core as alternative pre-depends, and add
upstart-sysv instead.
- scripts/invoke-rc.d: clean eatmydata from environment unless
INVOKE_RCD_ALLOW_EATMYDATA is set to value other than '0'. This does not
affect systemd, thus this can be dropped after 16.04 LTS. (LP: #1257036)
- invoke-rc.d: Fix actions to run under systemd if there is no init.d
script but only an upstart job. Packages got fixed in 16.04 but this
still affects upgrades. This can be dropped after 16.04 LTS.
2016-02-29 - Martin Pitt <>
init-system-helpers (1.29) unstable; urgency=medium
[ Michael Biebl ]
* Bump debhelper compatibility level to 9.
[ Raphael Geissert ]
* invoke-rc.d: Fix behaviour when no start or stop symlink is found.
Although update-rc.d(8) says that it is a common administration error to
delete a start symlink instead of renaming it to make it a stop symlink,
the default behaviour of invoke-rc.d in that case is not sensible, and
leads to the init script being executed. (Closes: #546532)
[ Martin Pitt ]
* invoke-rc.d: Fix package installation failure when installing a package
with an upstart script and systemd unit, but no SysV script in a chroot.
(LP: #1543051)
[ Felipe Sateler ]
* update-rc.d: Ensure insserv doesn't fail if initscripts is not installed
(Closes: #806438)
[ Benda Xu ]
* script/invoke-rc.d: Add OpenRC support.
* script/update-rc.d: Add OpenRC support.
2016-02-08 - Martin Pitt <>
init-system-helpers (1.28ubuntu2) xenial; urgency=medium
* invoke-rc.d: Fix package installation failure when installing a package
with an upstart script and systemd unit, but no SysV script in a chroot.
(LP: #1543051)

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installation-guide-powerpc_20160121ubuntu2.2_all.deb Ubuntu installation guide for powerpc
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