Devuan bug report logs - #441
sysvinit-core: /etc/inittab should set pf to /sbin/shutdown

Package: sysvinit-core; Severity: minor; Reported by: Ryutaroh Matsumoto <>; dated Fri, 8 May 2020 07:48:01 UTC; Maintainer for sysvinit-core is Devuan Developers <>.

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Subject: sysvinit-core: /etc/inittab should set pf to /sbin/shutdown
From: Ryutaroh Matsumoto <>
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Package: sysvinit-core
Version: 2.93-8+devuan1
Severity: minor

Dear Maintainer,

I made a Devuan container on Debian Bullseye by
mmdebstrap --components="main contrib non-free" --variant=standard beowulf /var/lib/lxc/devuan/rootfs

"lxc-start -n devuan" starts the Devuan container with no problem,
but lxc-stop -n devuan does not stop it.

The reason is that /etc/inittab has

pf::powerwait:/etc/init.d/powerfail start

and there is no /etc/init.d/powerfail.

Changing the above line to
pf::powerwait:/sbin/shutdown -h now

enables "lxc-stop -n devuan" to work as expected.

Best regards, Ryutaroh Matsumoto

-- System Information:
Architecture: x86_64

Kernel: Linux 5.6.0-1-amd64 (SMP w/4 CPU cores)
Locale: LANG=C, LC_CTYPE=C.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8), LANGUAGE=C (charmap=UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/dash
Init: sysvinit (via /sbin/init)

Versions of packages sysvinit-core depends on:
ii  debconf [debconf-2.0]  1.5.71
ii  debianutils  
ii  initscripts            2.93-8+devuan1
ii  libc6                  2.28-10
ii  libselinux1            2.8-1+b1
ii  libsepol1              2.8-1
ii  sysv-rc                2.93-8+devuan1
ii  sysvinit-utils         2.93-8+devuan1

sysvinit-core recommends no packages.

Versions of packages sysvinit-core suggests:
ii  bootlogd  2.93-8+devuan1

-- debconf information:

Acknowledgement sent to Ryutaroh Matsumoto <>:
New bug report received and forwarded. Copy sent to Devuan Developers <>. Full text available.
Report forwarded to, Devuan Developers <>:
bug#441; Package sysvinit-core. Full text available.

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