Manually starting RCng scripts disabled in rc.conf

Antoine Jacoutot ajacoutot at
Mon May 17 09:57:02 PDT 2004

On Monday 17 May 2004 18:51, Freddie Cash wrote:
> Is it possible to manually run an rcNG-style script with app_enable=NO
> in /etc/rc.conf?
> For instance, there are a few services that I don't want running all the
> time on my laptop (like Apache, Squid, DansGuardian) but that I need
> running now and then for development / testing purposes.  As such, I
> have apache_enable="NO" in my rc.conf to prevent Apache from starting
> at boot time.  However, this also means that I cannot manually start
> Apache when I need it running, unless I use apachectl or run the httpd
> binary directly.  And I can't use the RCng script to check the status,
> or restart, or any of the other nice things that RCng gives me.  It
> would be much simpler/nicer if I could use the rcNG script to do this.
> Am I missing something simple, or is it just not possible to do what I
> want?  I'd like to use the rc.d scripts to control everything, but if I
> have to enable them all in rc.conf and then manually stop them after
> each boot, I'll most likely end up writing my own non-RCng wrapper
> scripts for each app.  :(

What you could do is comment "apache_enable=yes" in rc.conf when you're not 
using it.
Then if you need to start apache later on, just uncomment the line then do 
a /usr/local/etc/rc.d/apache start


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