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Re: enabling/disabling daemons

On Mon, Sep 23, 2002 at 05:21:18PM -0400, Noah L. Meyerhans wrote:

> I recall an announcement from several months ago about some work that
> seemed to be related to this issue, but I never read the full document.
> Does that work address this problem?  Is it going to actually be deployed
> within Debian?  What's its development status?  If anybody has a link to
> that paper handy, please send it my way.

Yep.  man invoke-rc.d.  dh_installinit now uses it by default if it exists,
I believe.

> Personally, I don't see why we have never used something like the *BSD
> /etc/rc.conf system.  It's very simple and works well (and no, it
> doesn't require us to move to the BSD initscript system).
> /etc/default/rc.conf defines the default state of installed daemon
> (whether they should be run or not) and /etc/rc.conf overrides this with
> lines like: 
> sendmail_enable=NO

We do provide that option, namely file-rc.  The best of both worlds.

> I would be perfectly happy to do the legwork to implement a standard
> mechanism such as this, if it would be acceptable.  The status quo is
> really starting to bug me.

These two tools should give you a starting point, if not solve your problems
entirely. :-)

 - mdz

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