What's the insserv way of disabling services

Michael Biebl biebl at debian.org
Thu Apr 17 02:27:27 UTC 2008


I was wondering, how to correctly disable a service with insserv.

In the old style way, one would *not* run
update-rc.d $service remove, because that would recreate the symlink on 
the next package upgrade, but instead rename the symlinks from S?? to K??

insserv -r by default removes all symlinks, so a package upgrade will 
recreate them.
Renaming S?? to K?? on the other hand doesn't seem to make sense with 
insserv, as the priorities are not fixed and maybe confuse insserv when 
it calculates the stop priorities.
Besides, manually renaming the symlinks from S to K is cumbersome.

Imho insserv should have a option to disable a service completely.
An idea would be to store this information in a state file 

insserv -D --disable would disable the service and add it to the state file
insserv -e --enable would enable the service and remove it from the 
state file.

If a service is disabled,
insserv $service would be no-op.

What do you think?

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universe are pointed away from Earth?

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