questionable feature- rcvar woes

Andrei Kolu antik at
Wed Nov 28 11:16:56 PST 2007

Something is wrong with rcvar or I am just blatant.

For example:

1) Enable powerd in rc.conf
# echo 'enable_powerd="YES"' >> /etc/rc.conf
2) Launch powerd
# /etc/rc.d/powerd start
Starting powerd.
3) And stopping it.
# /etc/rc.d/powerd stop
Stopping powerd.

Everything looks fine, but when I disable powerd in rc.conf then problem 

1) Disable powerd in rc.conf- comment it out.
# enable_powerd="YES"
2) Stop powerd
# /etc/rc.d/powerd stop
...silence- nothing in logs either.

What? Not even a warning message and powerd is actually running- why I have to 
reboot to disable it? I know that I can stop it by enabling it in rc.conf but 
what the point? Same problem when I want to start some service without 
appropriate line in rc.conf. I'd prefer to see somekind of warning about 
misconfigured rc.conf or at least information about what's going on in 


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