Managing daemons/services

Evan Klitzke evan at
Wed Jun 13 17:44:35 UTC 2007

On 6/13/07, Michael Hipp <Michael at> wrote:
> What's the best way to manage which daemons/services start in the various init
> levels. I need a CLI or ncurses tool (no X).
> I've been just doing 'chmod -x /etc/init.d/foo' but that seems a bit crude as
> a way to disable something unneeded.
> Is there a "best" way to do this?

My favorite program for this is sysv-rc-conf. It's an ncurses frontend
to the traditional update-rc.d script. rcconf is nice also, but it
only shows a subset of the available init scripts (and runlevels),
whereas sysv-rc-conf shows them all.

Evan Klitzke <evan at>

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