Jeff, thanks for the very helpful analysis. I agree with all the benefits of daemontools, which I've been using on development boxes with OpenACS 4.x. On production boxes with OpenACS 3.2.5 sites, though, I've been using the inittab method that Don's install docs suggested -- and found that this method works great as well. I wondered what could be "evil" about it and now I see it's the matter of all services controlled by a single file and the need to be root to make modifications. Points well taken.