* * * See How to install runit for installing _runit_, and How to replace init for configuring _runit_ to run as process no 1. See How to use with current init if you want to use _runit_ without replacing the current init scheme. Please read the list of Frequently asked questions with answers . * * * If _runit_ on Linux is compiled and linked with the dietlibc,
it yields in a statically linked `runit` binary of 8.5k size and this `ps axuw` output on my system:

runit alternatives

  • systemd

  • 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.With systemd-nspawn and machinectl facilitate the creation and management of software containers.

    tags: boot configurable init optimal-performance service-manager
    platform: Linux
  • sysvinit

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

    tags: boot emacs gcc gnu init
    platform: Linux
  • OpenRC

  • 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. OpenRC is 100% compatible with Gentoo init scripts, which means you can probably find one for the daemons you want to start in the Gentoo Portage Tree. OpenRC, however, is not exclusively used by Gentoo Linux and can be used on different Linux and BSD systems.

    tags: boot init lightweight
    platform: Linux BSD
  • perp

  • The perp package provides a set of daemons and utilities to reliably start, monitor, log, and control a collection of persistent processes.

    tags: process-management process-monitoring daemon daemonize process-monitor
    platform: Linux BSD
  • Upstart

  • Upstart is an event-based replacement for the /sbin/init daemon which handles starting of tasks and services during boot, stopping them during shutdown and supervising them while the system is running.

    tags: ubuntu boot boot-manager init init.d
    platform: Linux
  • nosh

  • The nosh package is a suite of system-level utilities for initializing and running a BSD or Linux system, and for managing daemons.

    tags: init systemd sysvinit uselessd utility-computing
    platform: Linux BSD
  • Supervisor

  • Supervisor is a client/server system that allows its users to monitor and control a number of processes on UNIX-like operating systems.

    tags: service-manager
    platform: Linux BSD
  • uselessd

  • uselessd (the useless daemon, or the daemon that uses less... depending on your viewpoint) is a project to reduce systemd to a base initd and process supervisor, while minimizing intrusiveness and isolationism. Basically, it’s systemd with the superfluous stuff cut out, a (relatively) coherent idea of what it wants to be, support for non-glibc/non-Linux platforms, an approach that aims to minimize complicated design and various cleanups.

    tags: init systemd
    platform: Linux BSD
  • finit

  • 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.

    tags: boot init
    platform: Linux
  • faster

  • Faster is a very little init script aimed at Linux power-users and geek stuff oriented people. It is not industrial strength and does not comply with any other buzzwords. What it really does well is providing much better daemon handling (by means of a daemon manager e.g., daemontools) whilst offering the fastest boot times you can achieve in your machine (desktop or server).

    tags: boot init init.d
    platform: Linux
  • Chaperone Process Manager

  • Chaperone is a lean init-style startup manager for Docker-like containers. It runs as a single lightweight full-featured process which runs at the root of a docker container tree and provides all of the following functionality, plus much more:

    tags: boot docker init.d service-manager virtualization
    platform: Linux Self-Hosted Python