How to stop unwanted servrices during boot

Romeyn Prescott prescor at
Tue Nov 16 19:12:51 UTC 2004

I have to weigh in and side with the faction that considers removing 
the executable bit on an init script a HORRIBLE hack.  It's not that 
hard to just delete symlinks from /etc/rc5.d.  Users who want 
something to not run can either delete them from that directory, or 
in the event it might be desirable to have them start at boot again, 
just move them elsewhere for safekeeping.


At 6:24 PM +0100 11/16/04, Le grand pinguin scribbled:
>On Tue, Nov 16, 2004 at 06:07:20PM +0100, Wouter Eerdekens wrote:
>>  Agreed, but we don't have this at the moment. And manually editing
>>  initscripts seems as bad as a chmod -x.
>Really? I think there's quite a difference here: editing initscipts
>not only is an operation that can be traced both by the installation
>(because configuration files have md5 sums and changes are detected)
>and the user (diff -u bla-init bla-init.dpkg-dist). These changes
>are _visible_ - much more than a changed bit in the filesystem.
>Also, let's not forget, the init process uses the runlevel links and
>(in this case) unfortunately one can set the exec permission for the
>link as well ... lot's of chances for this hack to fail (others would
>be a update where the package is removed and then newly installed etc.).
>>  The original post was a question
>>  on how to to this _now_, not what the cleanest future implementation was.
>>  So right now, I'd still go for the chmod 'hack'.
>Just add ' echo "Not starting by your request" & exit 0 '
>That can't be that hard? :-)
>  RalfD
>>  Cheers,
>>  Wouter
>>  --
>>  Wouter Eerdekens
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