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=== Disabling IPv6 doesn't work ===
=== Disabling IPv6 doesn't work ===
If you have OpenRC installed under the {{Ic|/etc/openrc}} sysconf directory, and disabling IPv6 through {{Ic|/etc/sysctl.conf}} doesn't work.  
If you have OpenRC installed under the {{Ic|/etc/openrc}} sysconf directory.
One fix for this is to put  
One fix for this is to put  

Revision as of 12:23, 14 November 2013

Note: Arch uses systemd by default. If you use OpenRC, please mention so while asking for help.

OpenRC is an init system maintained by the Gentoo developers. OpenRC is a dependency based init system that works with the system provided init program, normally sysvinit. It is not a replacement for sysvinit.


OpenRC is available in the AUR. You can choose to install either openrcAUR or openrc-gitAUR package. You will also need to install openrc-arch-services-gitAUR (provides service files for use with openrc on arch) and openrc-sysvinitAUR (a slightly patched version of traditional sysvinit). For the sake of compatibility with initscripts, openrc-sysvinitAUR installs the sysvinit init binary as /sbin/init-openrc.

The packages will be installed under /etc/openrc instead of the default location of /etc, so that users can switch to initscripts or systemd when desired.


For booting with OpenRC add init=/sbin/init-openrc to the kernel line in your bootloader configuration. If you want to switch back to systemd, change it to init=/usr/lib/systemd/systemd.

For detailed instructions on configuring OpenRC, read the man pages, visit the gentoo guide and the gentoo wiki.

It is worth noting that the udev service is not enabled by default. In order to enable it, do:

# rc-update add udev sysinit


There are multiple ways to get a network up and running. One way is by configuring the /etc/openrc/conf.d/network file. Both the ip (iproute2) and the ifconfig (net-tools) commands are supported.

Below is an example configuration using ip.

ifup_eth0="ip link set \$int mtu 1500"

The network service is added to the boot runlevel by default, so no further action is required.

You can also use NetworkManager, Dhcpcd or netcfgAUR by enabling the respective services.

Take a look at Network Configuration for a detailed look at networking in general.



If you use syslog-ng, comment out the following line in /etc/syslog-ng/syslog-ng.conf:

and add this line instead:
Note: Without making this change syslog-ng will fail to run and as a result nothing will be logged!

Boot logging

OpenRC's boot logging is disabled by default. To enable it, uncomment the following line in /etc/openrc/rc.conf:



OpenRC sets the hostname from /etc/openrc/conf.d/hostname.

Here is an example file:


Module autoloading

OpenRC doesn't use /etc/modules-load.d/ folder, instead it uses /etc/openrc/conf.d/modules.

add a line like this to that file :



There is no built-in support for configuring locales in OpenRC. Though, you can configure the settings through the /etc/locale.conf file, which is sourced via /etc/profile.d/locale.sh.

For details on configuring the locale, take a look here.


Error while unmounting /tmp

When shutting the system down, you might get an error message such as

* Unmounting /tmp ... 
* in use but fuser finds nothing [ !! ]

This can be fixed by adding


to /etc/openrc/conf.d/localmount

Note: This problem occurs only if your tmp is mounted as a tmpfs.

Disabling IPv6 doesn't work

If you have OpenRC installed under the /etc/openrc sysconf directory.

One fix for this is to put

# Disable ipv6
net.ipv6.conf.all.disable_ipv6 = 1

in a file (with a .conf extension) under /etc/openrc/sysctl.d

During shutdown remounting root as read-only fails

If the above happens, edit the /etc/openrc/init.d/mount-ro file and put:

telinit u

after the following line:

# Flush all pending disk writes now
sync; sync

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