[CentOS] best way to start and shutdown programs in CentOS?

killscript killscript at gmail.com
Wed Nov 24 14:20:17 UTC 2010

Les Mikesell wrote:
> The RedHat/Centos way of doing things is to have init scripts in
> /etc/rc.d/init.d that take at least start, stop, and restart as arguments for
> each program that should start automatically.  Then for the runlevels where you
> want them to start you have a symlink where the name starts with S and the rest
> is a number to make it sort alphabetically into the order that things should
> start in /etc/rc?.d (where the ? is the runlevel).  Likewise add links starting
> with 'K' in the levels where the process should be stopped.    There is a
> convention for comments in the scripts so that 'checkconfig program on' can make
> the links for you.  Look through some of the other scripts to see how they work.

Sorry for the stupid question here, but does the /etc/initd./scriptname 
file "know" about these symlinks because of a particular comment in there?

Where and how is the best way to make these symlinks once you have the 
"correct" file configuration.

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