[Grml] too many running services at boot up

Michael Prokop mika at grml.org
Fri Apr 14 10:16:12 CEST 2006

* martin yazdzik <yazdzik at nyct.net> [20060414 05:15]:

> I admit that you probably do not consider grml the perfect noobie distro, but, 
> since everything works perfectly with no hassles whatsoever, you are going to 
> find yourselves contending with more and more of us.

> The only thing I wish to change at all, but cannot quite figure out how to do 
> easily is get rid of all the stuff that laptop users hate on boot-up.

> Yes, I know I could try manually editing the conf files, but am not sure how.

> Is there a sage way, since the KDE gui does not work, to get rid of stuff like 
> cron, roxen, and so on that are useless and time consuming for lappy users 
> who reboot tonnes of times per diem?

> Or can one point KsysV to the correct file?  There appear to be at least four 
> files in /etc which might be the ones that need be edited, but I am in over 
> my head.

It's very easy. :)

,---- [ http://grml.org/faq/#init ]
| Where are all the /etc/rc#.d-directories? grml doesn't use sysv-rc
| but file-rc. This means you can configure the init system in one
| single file namend /etc/runlevel.conf with your favourite editor. No
| symlink-hell anymore.

You don't have to care about the other files like
/etc/runlevel.conf.hdinstall - you can use them to compare your
setup with the original one (e.g. /etc/runlevel.conf.hdinstall for
harddisk installation of grml).

So let's say you want to deactivate cron. Just take your favourite
editor and change the line:

89      -       2,3,4,5         /etc/init.d/cron

in /etc/runlevel.conf to:

89      -       -               /etc/init.d/cron

Now cron won't be started in runlevels 2,3,4 and 5 anymore. That's
it. :) You can use of course Debian's update-rc.d (which is the
wrapper around sysvrc and file-rc) as well if you don't want to
configure it manually. But running $EDITOR is probably easier than
remembering the update-rc.d syntax. ;)

> Interestingly, install on a sata/atapi machine with a pcie ati video card was 
> a breeze, up and running in less than half an hour, and much, much nicer than 
> the thousand and one debian workarounds, or some of the genuinely eccentric 
> Kanotix "improvements".


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