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Re: Subversion Init script

From: Peter Samuelson <peter_at_p12n.org>
Date: 2007-08-02 07:55:50 CEST

> I have attached an Init script for subversion. The script should be
> placed in /etc/init.d/.

And yet it mentions /etc/rc.d/init.d/. That is a legacy location.

> I didn't get the chance to test on many distros. :-( I would like to
> correct any portability issues, let me know if there are any.

There are lots of portability issues.

1) source /etc/rc.d/init.d/functions
   I guess this is for the 'daemon', 'success' and 'failure' functions.
   But in any case, that file doesn't exist on most systems. Also,
   "source" is a bashism - see 3).

2) [ -x /usr/bin/svnserve ] || exit 1
   Not everybody installs svnserve to /usr/bin. Use autoconf.

3) SYSCONFIG="/etc/sysconfig/subversion"
   Pretty sure /etc/sysconfig is Red Hat-specific. Debian, for
   example, uses /etc/default. I don't know whether there is a
   standard location for this sort of thing.

4) echo -n $"Starting $desc ($prog): "
   echo -n $"Shutting down $desc ($prog): "
   echo $"Usage: $0 {start|stop|forcestop|restart|condrestart|status}"
   I have no idea why you want to use the $"" construct here, but it is
   a bashism. On other POSIX shells, it won't do what you think. I
   suppose it's acceptable to use bashisms in a script labeled
   #!/bin/bash, but is there a need to require bash to be installed on
   every Subversion user's system?

5) touch /var/lock/subsys/$prog
   /var/lock/subsys doesn't exist on most systems.

6) daemon $prog -d $OPTIONS --pid-file $pidfile
   [ $RETVAL -eq 0 ] && success || failure
   See 1).

7) pidstr=`pgrep $prog`
   I think pgrep is specific to Linux (in particular, procps).

8) kill -s 3 $pid
   I think "kill -QUIT" is more portable - if you think SIGQUIT is
   appropriate here. I think the default kill signal, SIGTERM, is
   better. That is the traditional way to ask a process to die.

9) I know the LSB is a Linux-specific issue, but your script is in
   several ways not LSB-compliant (see
   Some LSB-related issues I noticed:

   9a) You don't support the required 'force-reload' action.

   9b) The 'status' and 'stop' actions do not return the documented
       error codes. ('start' may or may not be compliant; I don't know
       the return values for the Red Hat 'daemon' function.)

   9c) The script fails if svnserve is not installed - the LSB says it
       should silently succeed.

   9d) There are no LSB header comments. (Yes, I know, these are

   9e) You don't use LSB facilities for status messages. This is a
       problem for LSB compliance, but OTOH, those facilities are not
       portable beyond LSB platforms, so what you're doing now may be

> Please let me know if there are any other issues in the Init script as well.


1) # pidfile: /var/lock/subsys/svnserve
   While this is just a comment, it isn't accurate. You use
   /var/run/svnserve.pid elsewhere.

2) if [ $pid ]; then
   If you're "fluent in shell scripting", I hope I don't need to point
   out the problem with this line.... (:

3) As the LSB notes, admins may run init scripts with strange values in
   PATH and other shell variables. You should set your own PATH if you
   need it - which you do.

4) Stylistically, I don't like your mixed $VARIABLE vs. $variable
   names. And you should probably define a variable for
   /var/lock/subsys/$prog, especially since that's the wrong path on
   some systems anyway.

5) You don't provide a facility for running svnserve as a non-root
   user. I suspect most admins would prefer to specify a dedicated
   user. Use 'su' for this.

Received on Thu Aug 2 07:54:18 2007

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