¿How to install systemd into Debian 7?

Posted May 15, 2014 7.1k views
As an Arch Linux's regular user i'm familiar with Systemd, how can i install and configure it as default in debian?

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Debian 7 has a fairly old version of systemd, version 44, and when it was released there hadn't been much work done to integrate it into the system. The backports repository has the more recent version 204. Instructions for enabling the backport repository are here:

In theory, it should be as simple as installing the correct package and rebooting:

apt-get -t wheezy-backports install systemd-sysv

Though, I'd highly encourage taking a snapshot and testing it on that first.

More info on systemd in Debian can be found here:

It worked, now i'm listing the services actualy running:

Can i remove the rc-* stuff without problems?
Commands like invoke-rc.d should be able to tell that you are running systemd and react appropriately. At least they can in in Debian Testing, I'm not sure off hand when that support was added. I've always just left them around. It doesn't hurt and makes it easier to switch back if needed.