passing options thru '/etc/rc.d/foo start'

Matthew Seaman m.seaman at
Wed Sep 16 19:19:58 UTC 2009

Tom Worster wrote:
> is there a general shell syntax that can be used to pass arguments to a
> daemon that you're starting with the /etc/rc.d/foo start command?

If you're starting service foo, then you should be able to define command
arguments by setting foo_flags="-a -b -c".  This is a convention, and particular
services may use several more specific variables to build a command line
or may simply ignore any flags variable completely, so you'll have to check 
each case individually.

> for example, how does one start sshd using /etc/rc.d/sshd and pass it
> '-o X11Forwarding=no' without touching a config file?

In this case, setting sshd_flags will work as sshd uses the default rc
start function.



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