Devuan bug report logs - #352
sysvinit-core: Migrating from Debian leaves empty inittab

Package: sysvinit-core; Maintainer for sysvinit-core is Devuan Developers <>;

Reported by: Kevin Ross <>

Date: Fri, 20 Sep 2019 23:33:01 UTC

Severity: normal

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From: Kevin Ross <>
To: Devuan Bug Tracking System <>
Subject: sysvinit-core: Migrating from Debian leaves empty inittab
Date: Fri, 20 Sep 2019 23:08:15 +0000
Package: sysvinit-core
Version: 2.88dsf-59.9+devuan2
Severity: normal

Dear Maintainer,

After performing the migration as outlined at

the system was left in a pretty unusable state. After much poking
around, it seems it left /etc/inittab with a completely empty file. I
found a sample in /usr/share/sysvinit-core/inittab, which I copied to
/etc/inittab, rebooted, and now everything is good.

Either the sysvinit-core installation should intall a working inittab
(with the usual prompting about whether to overwrite an existing config
file), or at the very least, the instructions at the link above should
be modified to tell the user to copy the inittab manually.

-- System Information:
Distributor ID:	Devuan
Description:	Devuan GNU/Linux 2.0 (ascii)
Release:	2.0
Codename:	ascii

Architecture: x86_64

Kernel: Linux 3.16.0 (SMP w/4 CPU cores)
Locale: LANG=C, LC_CTYPE=C (charmap=ANSI_X3.4-1968)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/dash
Init: sysvinit (via /sbin/init)

Versions of packages sysvinit-core depends on:
ii  debconf [debconf-2.0]  1.5.61
ii  debianutils  
ii  initscripts            2.88dsf-59.9+devuan2
ii  libc6                  2.24-11+deb9u4
ii  libselinux1            2.6-3+b3
ii  libsepol1              2.6-2
ii  sysv-rc                2.88dsf-59.9+devuan2
ii  sysvinit-utils         2.88dsf-59.9+devuan2

sysvinit-core recommends no packages.

Versions of packages sysvinit-core suggests:
pn  bootlogd  <none>

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