Init - SysV init Script


The init script are bash script that are run by the init daemon.




start/stop individual daemons

In order to control any of the scripts in init.d manually you have to have root (or sudo) access.

Each script will be run as a command and the structure of the command will look like:

/etc/init.d/command OPTION

Where command is the actual command to run and OPTION can be one of the following:

  • start
  • stop
  • reload
  • restart
  • force-reload

For instance:

  • to stop the web server:
/etc/init.d/httpd stop
/etc/init.d/networking restart


Note that traditional init scripts continue to function on a systemd system.

An init script /etc/rc.d/init.d/foobar is implicitly mapped into a service unit foobar.service during system initialization.

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