Bug 4778

Summary: Cannot run setterm from rc.local
Product: [Retired] Red Hat Linux Reporter: giulioo
Component: initscriptsAssignee: Bill Nottingham <notting>
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Description giulioo 1999-08-30 08:23:53 UTC
Stock rh60.

Cannot use certain commands in rc.local due to initlog
output redirection.

We switched from caldera to rh.
We used to put "/usr/bin/setterm -blank 0 " in rc.local to
avoid console blanking.
This doesn't work in rh6 because:
1) setterm does its jobs via some control chars it sends to
the screen
2) rc.local is executed through action/initlog which does
something weird with output.
3) in init.d/funcions: INITLOG_ARGS="-q", -q is an
undocumented initlog switch (at least in the initlog man

To solve this I had to put:
# (daemon
somewhere in rc.local, so that rc runs it directly instead
of through action/initlog.
rc does
 if egrep -q "(daemon |action )" $i ; then
to decide how to run a script; by putting "(daemon" in
rc.local I made rc to run rc.local as
rc.local start
instead of
action "bla bla" rc.local start

This way "setterm" does its job ok.


Comment 1 Bill Nottingham 1999-09-20 20:36:59 UTC
fixed in initscripts-4.44-1; rc.local is not run through initlog
any more.