starting services?

Paul Schmehl pauls at
Thu Nov 17 17:51:06 GMT 2005

--On Thursday, November 17, 2005 09:19:09 -0500 Gerry Freymann 
<lists at> wrote:

> On Thu, 17 Nov 2005 08:45:14 -0500
> "Lonnie Cumberland" <lonnie at> wrote:
>> I have just installed the Samba3 via the packages in the
>> /stand/sysinstall but am not clear on how to start the daemon.  I have
>> had a lot of experience with Linux but have not learned a lot about
>> FreeBSD yet and am working on it.
>  Welcome to FreeBSD. You didn't mention what version you are using, so I
> can only speak definitively on v4.
>  If you installed via the ports/packages, it should have dropped a start
> up script in /usr/local/etc/rc.d (which is where a lot of the start
> up/shut down scripts go for various programs).
>  You may have something in there called If you copy it or
> rename it to it will automatically start and stop samba for you
> as needed.
Most likely you are going to have to also edit /etc/rc.conf.  Look at the 
script.  If it contains instructions to edit /etc/rc.conf, follow them, or 
you won't be able to start the service.

Usually, a startup script will use rc.subr, and it will require an entry in 
/etc/rc.conf like this;

It may also require an entry for any additional flags that you want to use 
on startup and possibly for the location of the conf file, but all that 
should be noted in the startup script.

Paul Schmehl (pauls at
Adjunct Information Security Officer
University of Texas at Dallas
AVIEN Founding Member

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