> By all means, use start/stop args, but hard link the .sh files into seperate
> directories or something so that the order can be tweaked..

If all you want is to make sure that shutdown happens in the reverse
order of startup, that can be done by reversing the list in
rc.shutdown. But how about going a step further, and starting towards
a user-friendly configuration process?

Instead of being globbed at init time, etc/rc.d is a repository for
things that take start/stop arguments. They are symlinked to
/etc/init.d with numeric prefixes to control order at initialization
time. Likewise, they can be symlinked to /etc/down.d (or shutdown.d)
with numeric prefixes to control order at shutdown time.

Note that the directories full of symlinks are in /etc, not in
/usr/X11R6/etc, etc. The rc.d's in those are also treated as
repositories, so you can symlink to files in those asd well. These
should save a bit of time at boot; no need to fool with lists of
directories, etc. - just one directory.

The real work will be adding a one-line description near the start of
the file:

# Init: 300. Shutdown: -1. Description: Standard smtp (mail) daemon.

(indicating that it should be installed as /etc/init.d/300sendmail.sh,
and no shutdown installation is necessary).

Later, we can add a tool that globs the etc/rc.d directories for files
with those lines, and provides a nice visual "system process
configuration" tool, allowing you to click on these things to move
them back and forth. Some rules regarding the shutdown/startup
priorites might be needed for ports. Given some prodding, I might even
be talked into taking a crack at the tool (an X tool, maybe) before
there's a commitment to supporting this structure.


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