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Launchd Alternatives

Launchd is described as 'a free system array created by Apple inc. For BSD - including macOS as macOS is based on the Darwin kernel of BSD' and is an app. There are nine alternatives to Launchd for Linux, BSD, OpenWrt and Mac. The best alternative is systemd, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Launchd are s6, eudev, sysvinit and OpenRC.

This page was last updated Mar 9, 2021
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  • FreeOpen Source
  • Mac
  • BSD
  • PC-BSD
  • FreeBSD
  • DragonFly BSD
  • FreeNAS
  • NetBSD
  • OpenBSD

a free system array created by Apple inc. For BSD - including macOS as macOS is based on the Darwin kernel of BSD

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  1. systemd

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux

    systemd is a replacement for the init daemon for Linux (either System V or BSD-style). It is intended to provide a better framework for expressing services' dependencies, allow more work to be done concurrently at system startup, and to reduce shell overhead.

  2. s6

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • BSD

    s6 is a small suite of programs for UNIX, designed for process supervision. It can be used as an init system. You can also use all its programs separately.

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  3. eudev

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux

    eudev is a fork of systemd with the aim of isolating udev from any particular flavor of system initialization. This is a project started by Gentoo developers to ensure udev remains system initialization and distribution neutral.

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  4. sysvinit

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux

    The Sysvinit package contains programs for controlling the startup, running, and shutdown of the system.

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  5. OpenRC

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • BSD

    OpenRC is a dependency-based init system that works with the system provided init program, normally /sbin/init. It is not a replacement for /sbin/init.

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  6. runit

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Linux
    • BSD

    runit is a cross-platform Unix init scheme with service supervision, a replacement for sysvinit, and other init schemes. It runs on GNU/Linux, *BSD, MacOSX, Solaris, and can easily be adapted to other Unix operating systems.

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  7. finit

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux

    Finit is a small SysV init replacement with process supervision similar to that of daemontools and runit. Its focus is on small and embedded GNU/Linux systems, although fully functional on standard server and desktop installations.

  8. systemE

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux

    Using the tooling in this repo, I am able to boot from linux to sinit as PID1, and from there to Emacs acting as PID2 using --script mode, performing all typical rc.boot system initialization using Emacs lisp until we hit the getty.

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  9. procd

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • OpenWrt

    procd is a process and system init service for OpenWRT. It's less resource intensive as it's intended for embedded devices, works with busybox and uClib, hotplug2, libubox and ubus. It watches configuration files to start or restart services and init scripts

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