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Bug#107862: newly installed services start automatically

Package: general
Version: N/A; reported 2001-08-06
Severity: normal

I installed another package today (pdnsd, not that it matters) that 
has a startup script in /etc/init.d, and I've been wondering about 
this for a while. Newly installed services like this automatically 
start as part of the installation process. I can think of a few 
problems with this. The first is just a matter of convenience; the 
admin may want to configure the program before starting it. More 
severe is a problem from personal experience: on installing the ipx 
software, the default settings were apparently so mismatched with 
the network my machine was on as to cause a kernel panic. Upon 
restarting, the package system was so screwed up (since critical 
files were open when it crashed) that I resorted to a full reinstall. 

So the question is, is it really necessary for new services to be 
started automatically? Usually it isn't really a problem, but on the 
off chance something goes horribly wrong, having an unusable system 
isn't fun. (...and if I've just missed some option to dselect / apt /
dpkg in the docs, is there a good reason that this behavior is the 

Mike McGuire

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