runit-faster, a runit based replacement for init(8) and rc(8) for your workstation

Based on the init scripts from Void Linux

WARNING: This is only an experiment for now. Please do not take it too seriously. Also it might cripple your computer, eat your data, etc.


I like runit. Let us experiment and see how hard it would be to completely initialize FreeBSD with it and what it is like in daily usage.

System initialization / Setup as PID 1

Please see runit-faster(7).

Network setup

It is recommended to disable /etc/rc.d/netif managed network interfaces completely and use one of the dhclient services or do manual network setup instead.


Also make sure to remove or comment out any ifconfig_X="... DHCP ..." lines in /etc/rc.conf to prevent devd(8) from autostarting dhclient(8).

Setting up wireless networking with link failover

Here we setup lagg0 with re0 as master interface and wlan0 as backup interface. We use the dhclient-lagg0 runit service that will attempt to run dhclient(8) on lagg0. It is under supervision by runit and the service will be restarted when dhclient(8) exits. For this to work we have to make that sure that the interfaces are destroyed first should they already exist.

It is assumed that /etc/wpa_supplicant.conf is already setup.

$ cat <<EOF > /usr/local/etc/sv/dhclient-lagg0/conf
set -e
ifconfig wlan0 destroy > /dev/null 2>&1 || true
ifconfig lagg0 destroy > /dev/null 2>&1 || true

ifconfig wlan0 create wlandev iwm0 country DE
ifconfig wlan0 inet6 -ifdisabled accept_rtadv up
ifconfig re0 inet6 -ifdisabled accept_rtadv up

ifconfig lagg0 create laggproto failover laggport re0 laggport wlan0 up
$ ln -s /usr/local/etc/sv/wpa_supplicant /var/service
$ ln -s /usr/local/etc/sv/dhclient-lagg0 /var/service
$ ln -s /usr/local/etc/sv/rtsold /var/service

If it not clear that an interface is available yet e.g. because of using an USB ethernet device or similar, it can be polled for like this:

# Wait for ue0
ifconfig ue0 > /dev/null 2>&1 || exit 1

Static IP

$ cat <<EOF > /usr/local/etc/runit/local
ifconfig re0 inet up
route add default
$ chmod +x /usr/local/etc/runit/local

netif based setup

To keep using the normal FreeBSD rc.conf-based networking setup:

$ cat <<EOF > /usr/local/etc/runit/local
service netif quietstart
service routing quietstart
# or simply use /etc/netstart to run every networking related
# rc.d script in the right order.
$ chmod +x /usr/local/etc/runit/local

Desktop services

Enable D-Bus, DSBMD, xdm:

$ ln -s /usr/local/etc/sv/dbus /var/service
$ ln -s /usr/local/etc/sv/dsbmd /var/service
$ ln -s /usr/local/etc/sv/xdm /var/service

Autologin to Xfce

For bash/oksh/sh add this to ~/.profile:

if [ -z "$DISPLAY" ] && [ "$(tty)" == "/dev/ttyv0" ]; then
	exec startxfce4

Create an autologin entry in /etc/gettytab:


Then setup getty to use it:

echo "TYPE=al.Pctobias" > /usr/local/etc/sv/getty-ttyv0/conf

Make sure to enable and/or restart getty-ttyv0 afterwards.

As services start concurrently it might be a good idea to check for service availability e.g. a running D-Bus and DSBMD before starting your X session to prevent situations where the daemons start after your X session. Append this to /usr/local/etc/sv/getty-ttyv0/conf:

sv check dbus > /dev/null || exit 1
sv check dsbmd > /dev/null || exit 1

If things go wrong...