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Standard way to disable services


quite often I just want to disable a service in /etc/init.d. But there
doesn't seem to be a standard way to do that.

Many services have a file in /etc/defaults, where the service can be
disabled. In that case, however, the service also can't be started

In http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=+462155 I was told
to use sysv-rc-conf. I didn't know that tool before. But it seems a
reasonable option.

I usually end up removing the execute bit, as this is the simplest
solution and the service can still be started manually.

Shouldn't there be some default way in Debian to disable services?
post-install scripts, which ask whether the service should be enabled
should adhere to it and it should be supported by tools and also
mentioned in the manual.

sysv-rc-conf would be one option, in which case it would have to have
priority required. The other option being removing the executable bit.
I would be content with either, but I think it would be a good idea to
agree on a standard.


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