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Re: The right way to not start daemons

On Tue, 06 Nov 2001, Craig Small wrote:
> You have a file /etc/lprng/dont_start_lpd or similar if it exists then
> you dont run the daemon.  This is what ssh and pppd do
> You have a file like /etc/lprng/lpd.options that may have a line in it
> dont_run_lpd. init.d greps  for it and if found doesn't start the
> daemon.

It is probably better in /etc/default/daemonname; that's the place where
init.d options (as oposed to the configuration of the daemon themselves) are
supposed to be, I think.

> I suppose there is a way of using debconf here too, perhaps there are
> other ways.

Using debconf with a /etc/default/file is quite easy, and many packages do
this (such as samba, fetchmail...)

> The point is, should there be a single suggested method that all daemons
> use?  I think it would be nice that, for example, a user knew that
> putting a file /etc/<package>/no_start_<daemon> worked for most
> packages.

No, there is not :(  There isn't even a "more widely used" method AFAIK...

> Of course there would be exceptions, but I think a guide would be good.
> This is especially so for people like me who are about to implement it
> and therefore can make a choice.

Well, when this thread ends, summarize it in a wishlist bug to the packaging

  "One disk to rule them all, One disk to find them. One disk to bring
  them all and in the darkness grind them. In the Land of Redmond
  where the shadows lie." -- The Silicon Valley Tarot
  Henrique Holschuh

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