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[ANNOUNCEMENT] Updated: sysvinit-2.86-1: A System-V Init Clone


A new version of 'sysvinit' has been uploaded to a server near you.

The version number will be bumped after Yaakow releases a new util-linux


Right now last from sysvinit conflicts with last from util-linux.

Cygwin NEWS:

 o Maintainer change
 o Switched to cygport build framework
 o Support for /etc/initrunlvl for cygwin is still turned on
 o cygwin last doesn't support IPv6 (yet)

sysvinit NEWS:
sysvinit (2.86)

  * Fixed up bootlogd to read /proc/cmdline. Also keep an internal
    linebuffer to process \r, \t and ^H. It is becoming useable.
  * Applied trivial OWL patches
  * Block signals in syslog(), since syslog() is not re-entrant
    (James Olin Oden <>, redhat bug #97534)
  * Minor adjustements so that sysvinit compiles on the Hurd 
  * killall5 now skips kernel threads
  * Inittab entries with both 'S' and other runlevels were broken.
    Fix by Bryan Kadzban <>
  * Changed initreq.h to be more flexible and forwards-compatible.
  * You can now through /dev/initctl set environment variables in
    init that will be inherited by its children. For now, only
    variables prefixed with INIT_ can be set and the maximum is
    16 variables. There's also a length limit due to the size
    of struct init_request, so it should be safe from abuse.
  * Option -P and -H to shutdown set INIT_HALT=POWERDOWN and
    INIT_HALT=HALT as environment variables as described above
  * Add "mountpoint" utility.
  * Slightly better algorithm in killall5.c:pidof()
  * Added some patches from fedora-core (halt-usage, last -t,
    sulogin-message, user-console)

sysvinit (2.85)

  * Add IPv6 support in last(1)
  * Sulogin: even if the root password is empty, ask for a password-
    otherwise there is no way to set a timeout.
  * Removed support for
  * Turned of support for /etc/initrunlvl and /var/run/initrunlvl
  * Fixed warts in dowall.c ("Dmitry V. Levin" <>)
  * Fix init.c::spawn(). The "f" variable was used both as file descriptor
    and waitpid(2) return code.  In certain circumstances, this leads to
    TIOCSCTTY with wrong file descriptor (Vladimir N. Oleynik).
  * Fix fd leak in sulogin (Dmitry V. Levin).
  * More error checking in all wait() calling code (Dmitry V. Levin).
  * Fix argv[] initialization in spawn() (Dmitry V. Levin).
  * Change strncpy to strncat in most places (Dmitry V. Levin).

Init is the parent of all processes. Its primary role is
to create processes from a script stored in the file
/etc/inittab  (see inittab(5)). This file usually has
entries which cause init to spawn gettys on each line that
users can log in. It also controls autonomous processes
required by any particular system.

To update your installation, click on the "Install Cygwin now" link on the web page.  This downloads setup.exe to your system.
Save it and run setup, answer the questions and pick up 'sysvinit' from
the 'System' category (it should already be selected).

Note that downloads from (aka aren't
allowed due to bandwidth limitations.  This means that you will need to
find a mirror which has this update, please choose the one nearest to you:

If you want to make a point or ask a question the Cygwin mailing list is
the appropriate place.

Dr. Volker Zell
volunteer cygwin sysvinit maintainer

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