[PATCH] systemd compatibility

Denys Vlasenko vda.linux at googlemail.com
Tue Jan 25 01:28:25 UTC 2011

On Sunday 23 January 2011 09:47, Davide Cavalca wrote:
> Il giorno sab, 22/01/2011 alle 18.58 +0100, Denys Vlasenko ha scritto:
> > Tell me more about this systemd stuff. Why is it useful?
> > Why syslogd needs changing for it?
> systemd (http://freedesktop.org/wiki/Software/systemd) is a new init
> system for Linux. Among other features, systemd implements so-called
> "socket activation" for daemons: systemd binds the port/socket on behalf
> of the daemon, and when a connection arrives it spawns the daemon and
> feeds it the socket. On the daemon side, socket activation requires some
> implementation work to be able to detect and use the socket passed by
> systemd. Read 
> http://0pointer.de/public/systemd-man/daemon.html
> http://0pointer.de/public/systemd-man/sd-daemon.html
> for the gory details.
> Socket activation is a nice perk for most daemons, but it's not strictly
> required (systemd can start a daemon without it). But syslogd is a
> special case: because many applications log to /dev/log during boot,
> systemd can bind it early in the boot process, buffer the incoming
> messages and forward them to syslogd when it's finished starting: this
> way there will be no lost messages in the log, even if the boot is
> heavily parallelized.
> In OpenBricks (http://openbricks.org) we are in the process of switching
> to systemd, and the syslogd patch was necessary to make system logging
> work reliably. All the major syslogd daemons already implement socket
> activation.

Does this commit looks ok?



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