At the time of writing, Debian 2.0 is being released to the public, and I suspect it will be in wide use by the time you read this article.
Although the structure of system initialization is the same, it is interesting to note that the developers managed to make it faster. Instead of executing the files in /etc/rc2.d, the script /etc/init.d/rc can now source (read) them, without spawning another shell. Whether to execute or source them is controlled by the file name: executables whose name ends in .sh are sourced, the other ones are executed. The trick is shown in the following few lines:
case "$i" in *.sh) # Source shell script for speed. ( trap - INT QUIT TSTP set start; . $i ) ;; *) # No sh extension, so fork subprocess. $i start ;; esac
The speed benefit is quite noticeable.
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