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

Tom Worster fsb at
Wed Sep 16 20:44:30 UTC 2009

On 9/16/09 3:19 PM, "Matthew Seaman" <m.seaman at>

> 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.

hi matthew,

i tried this and couldn't make it work before i emailed my question. then
mel answered that the /etc/rc.d/foo scripts ignore environment. and then,
looking closer at man pages, i got the impression that perhaps only /etc/rc
uses the foo_flags variables when it invokes /etc/rc.d/foo scripts.


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