start stop services in Lubuntu 13.04

John Hupp lubuntu at
Mon Oct 28 17:48:20 UTC 2013

On 10/28/2013 1:02 PM, Paul Sutton wrote:
> Hi
> Just been chatting to wh0_d4T on irc, with regard to starting cups on
> lubntu 13.04
> I know that you use
> /home/psutton/.config/autostart
> to auto start applications,  such as chrome, chromium, xchat,  update
> notifier,  these are user interactive programs,
> However as cups is a daemon / service.,  what is now used to start stop
> services on the system upon boot up,  is there a simple guide to editing
> the appropriate text files OR a gui tool like the old sysvinit, tool
> which presented you with a list of services on the left,  then a series
> of boxes at the top for each run level to start up, and below a series
> of boxes as to what would shut down.
> What is needed is an uptodate guide on how to do this,  with editing
> filers included as if the GUI ever goes wrong or there is only ssh
> access then systems can still be fixed.
> preferences - desktop session settings does not seem to deal with back
> ground stuff such as
> cupsd
> sshd
> and such like.
> I think there is so much info out there, some is out of date, but just
> having daemon instead of services can make a difference,
> I think all this has something to do with initd and rc.d directories,
> users should NOT have edit text files, but sometimes it is needed,
> there really should be tools for this, but also users should understand
> what is going on in the background as in what these tools are doing.
> Thanks
> Paul

I was digging through issues like that myself recently.  And though it 
doesn't qualify as simple, Upstart is the currently promoted startup 
system for services/daemons.  But Upstart is backwards-compatible with 
SystemV startup scripts found in the rc.d runlevel folders.

The best resource I found for figuring things out is the (not-simple) 
documentation at

I'm still very much trying to get a handle on the current mechanisms for 
autostarting applications (rather than services/daemons), and there are 
several current threads here that bear on the topic.

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