Debian Stretch

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Using sysvinit instead of systemd in Debian Stretch

Required steps

  1. Install the sysvinit packages: apt-get install sysvinit-core
  2. Reboot the system: reboot

Optional steps

  1. Install udisks2 and/or policykit if needed for graphical desktops
  2. Remove the systemd packages, including libpam-systemd: apt-get remove --purge --auto-remove systemd
  3. Prevent apt from installing systemd-related packages in the future: echo -e 'Package: *systemd*\nPin: release *\nPin-Priority: -1\n' > /etc/apt/preferences.d/systemd

Support status

A January 2017 bug report discussion and a February 2017 mailing list thread indicate that Debian developers are continuing to support sysvinit.

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