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NAME

service - run a System V init script

CONTENTS

Synopsis
Description
Exit Codes
Files
Environment
See Also

SYNOPSIS

service SCRIPT COMMAND [OPTIONS]

service --status-all

service --help | -h | --version

DESCRIPTION

service runs a System V init script in as predictable an environment as possible, removing most environment variables and with the current working directory set to /.

The SCRIPT parameter specifies a System V init script, located in /etc/init.d/SCRIPT. The supported values of COMMAND depend on the invoked script. service passes COMMAND and OPTIONS to the init script unmodified. All scripts should support at least the start and stop commands. As a special case, if COMMAND is --full-restart, the script is run twice, first with the stop command, then with the start command.

service --status-all runs all init scripts, in alphabetical order, with the status command.

EXIT CODES

service calls the init script and returns the status returned by it.

FILES

/etc/init.d
  The directory containing System V init scripts.

ENVIRONMENT

LANG, TERM
  The only environment variables passed to the init scripts.

SEE ALSO

/etc/init.d/skeleton,
update-rc.d(8),
init(8),
invoke-rc.d(8).


service (8) Jan 2006
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