“Elegance is not a dispensable luxury” — Edsger Wybe Dijkstra
Finit | Fast & Extensible Init for Linux
Finit is a SysV init replacement with process supervision
similar to that of daemontools and runit. Its focus is on
small and embedded GNU/Linux systems, yet fully functional on standard
server and desktop installations.
Finit is optimized for small embedded systems by heavily reducing the
amount of context switches, forks, and calls to external tools.
Services are supervised and automatically restarted if they fail.
Finit supports basic runlevels, basic process monitoring of daemons, can
launch services on demand (built-in inetd support). It can be extended
with custom callbacks for all services, hooks into the boot process, or
plugins to extend the functionality and adapt your boot process to fit
This project is the continuation of the original finit by Claudio
Matsuoka, which was reverse engineered from syscalls of the ground
breaking EeePC fastinit daemon – “gaps filled with frog DNA …”
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