[CentOS] Removing respawning process from inittab w/o killing it

William L. Maltby CentOS4Bill at triad.rr.com
Wed Nov 18 10:30:11 UTC 2009

On Wed, 2009-11-18 at 10:56 +0100, Timo Schoeler wrote:
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> Hi list,
> I need to remove an entry of inittab which is used to (re)spawn a process:
> mydemon:2345:respawn:/usr/sbin/mydemon >/dev/null 2>&1
> So, I would comment out that entry and reload init running ``telinit
> q''. IIRC, this would lead to the currently running daemon being killed.
> I don't want to /try/ whether I'm right, as those are production systems.
> Is there any possibility (given that ``telinit q'' kills the running
> process) to 'keep the process alive' _and_ reload init?

If I understand what "man telinit" intends, it looks like the "-u" or
"-U" might do what you want.

Test it on some local desktop system since you can't test on your


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