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Currently, I have some packages my own using upstart, they are working with the stable branch of Debian. I'm going to switch to sid/unstable, and then the warning comes:

WARNING: The following essential packages will be removed.
This should NOT be done unless you know exactly what you are doing

Is it safe to remove sysvinit?

P.S. It's a clean base system setup by

# debootstrap --variant=buildd sid /sid-root
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It is not safe. It may be possible, if "you know exactly what you are doing", but just replacing sysvinit with upstart is probably going to create a huge mess in stable Debian releases. There is work going on to make that possible in the future (squeeze release).

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