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This is the Debian GNU/Linux prepackaged version of System V Init.

Init was written by Miquel van Smoorenburg <>.

This package was first put together by Bruce Perens <>
from pre-distribution sources. Ian Murdock <>
integrated it into the base system maintained it until the end of 1995.
Miquel van Smoorenburg <> implemented Debian support.
In version 2.85 the package was split into three (sysvinit, sysv-rc,
and initscripts) in order to make room for alternative rc mechanisms.

The upstream source is available at:

Primary-Site: /pub/people/miquels/software
                92K sysvinit-2.86.tar.gz
Alternate-Site: /pub/Linux/system/daemons/init
                92K sysvinit-2.86.tar.gz

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Copyright 1997-2005 Miquel van Smoorenburg <> and
the members pkg-sysvinit project.

    This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify
    it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by
    the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or
    (at your option) any later version.

    This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
    but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
    GNU General Public License for more details.

    You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License
    along with this program; if not, write to the Free Software
    Foundation, Inc., 51 Franklin St, Fifth Floor, Boston, MA
    02110-1301 USA

On Debian GNU/Linux systems, the complete text of the GNU General
Public License can be found in `/usr/share/common-licenses/GPL-2'.
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The of the start-stop-daemon:

 * A rewrite of the original Debian's start-stop-daemon Perl script
 * in C (faster - it is executed many times during system startup).
 * Written by Marek Michalkiewicz <>,
 * public domain.