How to keep unnecessary processes from starting

Derek Broughton derek at
Wed Mar 11 00:45:31 UTC 2009

Charles Howse wrote:

> Hi,
> I have 8.10-server-i386 running in command-line only.
> Surely some of the processes below are unnecessary.
> What's the best way to separate the wheat from the chaff?

As Brian says, one person's wheat is another's chaff, but as near as I can
tell, since you have pop3-login tasks under dovecot, you _are_ running a
mail server and so the only unnecessary tasks you have are at least 5 of
the 6 gettys - those are the consoles waiting for someone to login - and
possibly proftpd.  Since you're accessing the server from ssh, 1 console is
probably enough (actually, one console is almost _always_ enough, but they
take so few resources).  And since you're accessing the server from ssh,
you should have on-demand sftp, so if it's just you you don't really need
proftpd, and if it's others you might prefer them to use sftp anyway (more

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