Re: [Vserver] Qmail inside vserver 2.0

From: Timothy Arnold <>
Date: Fri 31 Mar 2006 - 22:12:06 BST
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Hi Giles,

I would certainly be interested if you could send me that script. If you
have any tips for using runit with qmail, that would be great!


> Hi.
>> on a vserver, there is no true init process running. the only init
>> process is
>> the one which runs on the host. so modifying /etc/inittab in the vserver
>> and
>> attempting to instruct init to rescan it did nothing.
> You can have a separate init with the following config file:
> /etc/vservers/i386/apps/init/style
> which should contain "plain".
>> however, when a vserver starts up, it does kick off the appropriate
>> sysvinit
>> scripts for its desired runlevel. So i (dkg) wrote a simple
>> /etc/init.d/daemontools script to start and stop svscanboot. i based the
>> script
>> off of /etc/init.d/skeleton.
> If you are going to run server programs that are meant to be supervised
> (like djbdns and qmail), a nice possibility is to install "runit", which
> replaces the usual System V init scripts, and provides a "daemontools"
> look-alike interface.
> ["runit" avoids the polemic about DJB software being free (as in
> freedom).]
> runit really fits well with vserver.
> If you are interested, I can send you the (Bash) script I use to create
> Debian runit-enabled vserver guests.
> Best,
> Gilles
> P.S. Supervision is not limited to be used with servers specially
> designed for it (see the list of sample "startup" scripts on
> the above site). [I installed vservers running slapd, postfix,
> cyrus imap, heimdal kerberos, all supervised.]
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