rc functions don't allow processes to shutdown

Sean Bruno sbruno at miralink.com
Fri Aug 31 09:51:44 PDT 2007

Tobias Roth wrote:
> Sean Bruno wrote:
>> 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
>> off.
>> 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
>> state. 
>> 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?
> /etc/rc.d/ntpd forcestop
Indeed one could invoke that.  My question is more about what 'stop' 
should or should not do.

Specifically, should it 'stop' when a process has been disabled?


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