This is the monthly meeting of the Orange County California Linux User
An init system is the software, the one and only software directly
called by the Kernel, to bring the system up to a workable condition.
Many init systems, including Runit, also provide tools to keep the
Runit is amazingly simple and extremely powerful. Full daemon
supervision with auto-restart. Run levels, if desired. Trivial
daemonization of programs you write in C, Python, shellscript, or
almost anything, without silly double-forking. Extreme resilience. Most
who have used Runit for more than a month prefer it to systemd or
My presentation uses block diagrams (Mental Models) to showcase Runit's
inner workings to the extent that you can deploy Runit on your computer
and actually understand what you've done. I'll also demonstrate a Linux
Virtual Machine guest that inits with runit. I hope to see you there.