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Re: administration of initscripts

On Mon, 15 Apr 2013 08:39:27 -0400
Stefan Monnier <monnier@iro.umontreal.ca> wrote:

> > I have been using Debian for many years now.  In all of that time  I
> > have never wanted to "manage" init scripts.  I always wonder.  What
> > are people trying to do?
> > What is more complicated than this.  If you want it then install it.
> > If you don't want it then remove or purge it.  With those two commands
> > all management is handled automatically.
> I don't know need/use multiple run-levels.  But I do wish it were
> easier/standard to disable particular services.  Uninstalling the
> corresponding package is not always an option (e.g. I'm thinking of the
> network-manager package, for example, or a daemon which you prefer to
> run "on demand" when a particular user logs in, ...).
> Many daemons can be disabled via their /etc/default/foo file, but not
> all and not always in the same way (e.g. for one of them I had to
> put an "exit 1" in that file since there was no var for it).

What's wrong with sysv-rc-conf (although it won't work for some of the
fancier stuff you have in mind, such as running daemons "on demand")?


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