rc functions don't allow processes to shutdown

Sean Bruno sbruno at miralink.com
Fri Aug 31 09:47:30 PDT 2007

I noticed that if rc.conf has ntpd_enable="NO", an invocation of 
/etc/rc.d/ntpd stop won't actually shut down ntpd.  I checked a couple 
of other processes(like net-snmp) and noted the same behavior.

I would have expected that rc would be able to invoke the stop routines 
if a utility is disabled, but apparently the check for enabled/disabled 
occurs much too early in the rc handling functions for the stop to fire 

I could investigate further, as I am sure that it's a fairly easy fix to 
allow the stop functions to be invoked regardless of the enable/disable 

Does it make sense to anyone else that the rc functions should be able 
to shutdown a process when it has been disabled in rc.conf?


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