There are currently three questions with the tag ; I don't think this really adds much. It is used to describe "sysv-like" behavior, and cases where it is used would be better served by describing how it is relevant, in the context of an answer or question, not as a tag or as shorthand.

I think the other tags cover the init behavior and sysV-ish behavior well enough.

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    IMHO, Ubuntu uses SysV-init and upstart (dunno later).
    – Braiam
    Commented Oct 26, 2013 at 21:07

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Since this could be dragout, can we just rename the tag to . That way we are very clear that we are talking about System V init scripts, which seems to be the topic of the questions.


We should synonymize with since both are intrinsically related (if you are doing a SysV-like script, is likely you will use it for init).


If there's a better tag (that already describes what this does) we could merged it in and symlink... But I'm not sure I see the utility of removing it for the sake of removing it.

In this case there are other init styles and managers.

  • Letting people specify both and lets users differentiate or draw attention to what their question really means.

  • is currently being used to describe both sysv and upstart scripts.

  • has overlap but is hardly the right description.

I agree it doesn't add much but it also doesn't hurt much. I'd be for leaving it as is. If anything, I'd be suggesting merging into . At least then we're calling it the right thing.

  • 'upstart' makes sense to me, but the analog would be something more like sysv-init, wouldn't it? In which case the existing 'init' would cover well enough.
    – belacqua
    Commented Oct 26, 2013 at 21:31
  • But init is already used to describe both vaguely. Whatever happens, there are always going to be at least three tags for the two types of init system. Four if systemd ever gets enough traction.
    – Oli Mod
    Commented Oct 26, 2013 at 21:47
  • It might be obsessive of me, but to refer to a sysV-ish init with just 'sysv' seems akin to saying Linux is Unix. I do like Braiam's renaming to 'sysv-init' suggestion.
    – belacqua
    Commented Oct 26, 2013 at 22:01

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