Starting/Stopping a service

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A service is an application (or set of applications) that runs in the background waiting to be used, or carrying out essential tasks. Examples are networking, cups and samba. You will generally be unaware of services until you need them.

In the /etc/init.d directory you can find the names of the services.

Start/Stop a service

Graphical way

See Ksysv

Command line way

To start a service execute this command (as root in console):

service servicename start


service servicename restart

Do you have to stop applications that have started up without your telling them to, and which are overloading your machine?

To stop a service the command is:

service servicename stop

For more options read the manual page:

man service

Note: "service" is part of sysvconfig package.

See also Configuring what services start at boot time.

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