what are initScripts

HI,
I just heard this term init script related to deployment process on linux machine.
What exactly does this mean ?

Thanks
Rohit BajajAsked:
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Seth SimmonsSr. Systems AdministratorCommented:
up until red hat 7, all running processes came from init
in terms of scripts, init scripts run at startup and shutdown to start and stop services
if you look in /etc/init.d (might vary slightly depending on the distribution used) you will find them there in various directories for the different run levels
the number at the end of the script helps with the order they are executed; they are done incrementally so anything ending in 99 is done last

here is more information on it

http://wiki.openwrt.org/doc/techref/initscripts

newer distributions (such as red hat 7) no longer use init but use systemd

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Rohit BajajAuthor Commented:
So as what i understand is that init scripts are placed inside init.d directory
and basically if i want to have a program running even after the machine restarts i need to handle it in a separate init script.

Its like if i have deployed a web application on the machine. It will stop if the system reboots.
so init script will come into play if i have written for it and start it again.

Please correct my understanding
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