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event-based init daemon

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.

It was originally developed for the Ubuntu distribution, but is intended to be suitable for deployment in all Linux distributions as a replacement for the venerable System-V init.


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Latest version is 1.13.2
released on 2014-09-04

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  • Upstart 1.13.2 released on 2014-09-04
    Bug fix release: * Enforce 'initctl set-env' from being called from system j...
  • Upstart 1.13.1 released on 2014-07-16
    * Fix for Session Init crasher triggered by restarting a job that runs 'initc...
  • Upstart 1.13 released on 2014-07-11
    * Fix for handling upgrade from non-stateful-re-exec instance to a stateful...
  • Upstart 1.12.1 released on 2014-03-11
    * Fixed re-exec breakage caused by incorrect D-Bus API usage. * Tests updated...
  • Upstart 1.12 released on 2014-03-07
    * Stop Upstart indirectly stealing console ownership (most noticeably when ru...