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insserv does not recognize $ALL in system startup scripts

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SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 SP2


Comment headers in boot scripts of /etc/init.d/ allow to calculate dependencies between all startscripts and also define the start order of these scripts.

For example, Required-Start in /etc/init.d/cron looks like this:
# Required-Start: $remote_fs $syslog $time
It indicates that three services/scripts (remote_fs, syslog and time) should be started before cron is started.

One of the facilities is $ALL, indicating that the script should be placed at the end. $ALL is not used in any of the startscripts, but can be used by a user who wants to change the start order of some scripts or insert their own scripts and let them start at the end.

Below is an example of the startscript: FOO header, indicating that FOO should start at the end of the boot process (in runlevel 3 and 5):

# Provides:       FOO
# Required-Start: $FOO
# Should-Start:  
# Required-Stop:
# Should-Stop:
# Default-Start:  3 5
# Default-Stop:
# Description:   

Although chkconfig inserts the script at the end of the start process in runlevels
it should start, $ALL does not work. The script is started first in the boot order.
It only happens, if $ALL is used by itself.
If any other service is specified with $ALL on the Required-Start: line, it works as expected.

# Required-Start: $syslog $ALL
# Required-Start: $syslog
# Should-Start: $ALL
will work as expected.

# Required-Start: $ALL
or # Required-Start:
# Should-Start: $ALL
will NOT work.


  • Use another service/script along with $ALL and the script will start at the end. 
  • In the /etc/sysconfig/boot file set RUN_PARALLEL='no'.

The update to SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 Service Pack 3 corrects the problem.


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  • Document ID:7002245
  • Creation Date: 11-Mar-2009
  • Modified Date:24-Feb-2021
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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