[ubuntu] need to re-order init scripts

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http://ubuntuforums.org – I need to re-order init scripts, particularly so that some of my own will run before certain others. What documentation should I be looking at for thorough information on how that is done (aside from the effects of the changes). This is in a cloud environment using the cloud-images tree, with cloud-init in the mix. Things I want to do include: set the host name before most things start configure ntpd.conf before NTP starts (is based on which instance it is) re-arrange the file tree layout before most things start MAYBE it would be sufficient to do a local init script BEFORE all others. Is (Hardware)