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How to disable startup processes


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#1 DnDer

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Posted 10 February 2009 - 01:00 PM

Every system has a bunch of processes during startup that you probably don't need, right? What are they in linux, and how do I disable them?

I guess the short answer would be... "What's the MSCONFIG of Linux and how do I use it?"

Any tutorials out there on this? Bonus points if it teaches me how to use the command line (which I'm sorely lacking of skills in) how to do it instead of the GUI.

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Posted 10 February 2009 - 02:09 PM

In Ubuntu, System > Preferences > Sessions > Start up Programs

Methinks what you're looking for are inittab and rc.d. An introduction to services, runlevels, and rc.d scripts

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Posted 10 February 2009 - 02:49 PM

That article only made half as much sense before following the link at the bottom to learning about chkconfig. Now, it's just awesomely useful!

The next step is to find out what all those processes are. What's the universal linux dictionary that will let me look those up easily? Is there a linux wiki you might specifically recommend?

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Posted 10 February 2009 - 03:41 PM

I usually just google the process name. More often than not, the project page for that program is the top result.




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