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[SLUG] packages and run levels


While it's an interesting and potentially unifying idea to try equate
the set of installed packages (to the Debianite with a hammer,
everything looks like a nail) with a particular runlevel, runlevels are
really something different, they define sets of services and the
transitions between those sets. The standard calls for 7 levels.  There
is one more: S. And in fact you can use 7-9 but they are not documented
and not portable. There is a comprehensive set of actions possible for
services at each level. If you wanted a packaging system to take over
this task you'd have to augment the packagers. In short, package
management systems and service management systems are different animals.