Manually starting RCng scripts disabled in rc.conf

Dan Nelson dnelson at
Mon May 17 10:27:13 PDT 2004

In the last episode (May 17), Freddie Cash said:
> 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.  :(

"forcestart" should do what you want, I think.

	Dan Nelson
	dnelson at

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