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init.d(4)                        File Formats                        init.d(4)

       init.d  -  initialization  and  termination  scripts  for changing init


       /etc/init.d is a directory containing  initialization  and  termination
       scripts for changing init states.  These scripts are linked when appro-
       priate to files in the rc?.d directories, where `?' is a single charac-
       ter  corresponding  to  the init state. See init(1M) for definitions of
       the states.

       The service management facility (see smf(5)) is the preferred mechanism
       for  service initiation and termination.  The init.d and rc?.d directo-
       ries are obsolete, and are provided for  compatibility  purposes  only.
       Applications  launched  from  these  directories  by svc.startd(1M) are
       incomplete services, and will not be restarted on failure.

       File names in rc?.d directories are of  the  form  [SK]nn<init.d  file-
       name>,  where  S means start this job, K means kill this job, and nn is
       the relative sequence number for killing or starting the job.

       When entering a state (init S,0,2,3,etc.) the rc[S0-6] script  executes
       those  scripts  in /etc/rc[S0-6].d that are prefixed with K followed by
       those scripts prefixed with S. When executing each script in one of the
       /etc/rc[S0-6]  directories,  the  /sbin/rc[S0-6] script passes a single
       argument.  It passes the argument 'stop' for scripts  prefixed  with  K
       and  the argument 'start' for scripts prefixed with S. There is no harm
       in applying the same sequence number to multiple scripts. In this  case
       the order of execution is deterministic but unspecified.

       Guidelines  for selecting sequence numbers are provided in README files
       located in the directory associated with that target state.  For  exam-
       ple,  /etc/rc[S0-6].d/README.  Absence  of a README file indicates that
       there are currently no established guidelines.

       Do not put /etc/init.d in your $PATH.  Having this  directory  in  your
       $PATH  can  cause unexpected behavior.  The programs in /etc/init.d are
       associated with init state changes and, under normal circumstances, are
       not intended to be invoked from a command line.

       Example 1: Example of /sbin/rc2.

       When  changing  to init state 2 (multi-user mode, network resources not
       exported), /sbin/rc2 is initiated by the  svc.startd(1M)  process.  The
       following steps are performed by /sbin/rc2.

       1.  In  the  directory /etc/rc2.d are files used to stop processes that
           should not be running in state 2. The filenames are  prefixed  with
           K.  Each  K  file  in  the  directory is executed (by /sbin/rc2) in
           alphanumeric order when the system enters init state 2. See example

       2.  Also  in the rc2.d directory are files used to start processes that
           should be running in state 2. As in Step 1, each  S  file  is  exe-

       Assume  the  file  /etc/init.d/netdaemon is a script that will initiate
       networking daemons when given the argument 'start', and will  terminate
       the   daemons   if   given   the  argument  'stop'.  It  is  linked  to
       /etc/rc2.d/S68netdaemon, and to /etc/rc0.d/K67netdaemon.  The  file  is
       executed  by /etc/rc2.d/S68netdaemon start when init state 2 is entered
       and by /etc/rc0.d/K67netdaemon stop when shutting the system down.

       svcs(1), init(1M), svc.startd(1M), smf(5)

       Solaris now provides an expanded mechanism,  which  includes  automated
       restart,  for  applications  historically  started  via the init script
       mechanism.  The Service Management Facility (introduced in  smf(5))  is
       the preferred delivery mechanism for persistently running applications.
       Existing init.d scripts will, however, continue to be executed  accord-
       ing to the rules in this manual page. The details of execution in rela-
       tion to managed services are available in svc.startd(1M).

       /sbin/rc2 has references to the obsolescent rc.d directory. These  ref-
       erences  are  for  compatibility  with old INSTALL scripts. New INSTALL
       scripts should use the init.d directory for  related  executables.  The
       same is true for the shutdown.d directory.

SunOS 5.10                        28 Jul 2004                        init.d(4)