BSDCon 2002 Abstract
SystemStarter and the Mac OS X Startup Process
Kevin Van Vechten,
This paper documents a program in Mac OS X called SystemStarter. SystemStarter brings the system from its initial state up to a state where basic services are running and a user may log in. It replaces the previous /etc/rc startup sequence employed by Mac OS X's predecessors in order to address some additional goals set forth by the Mac OS X project.
SystemStarter is part of the BSD subsystem in Mac OS X, now known as Darwin, though it's creation predates Darwin as an open source project; it was therefore created by a single author, though it now enjoys several contributors.
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