questionable feature- rcvar woes

John Baldwin jhb at
Wed Nov 28 11:37:24 PST 2007

On Wednesday 28 November 2007 02:16:51 pm Andrei Kolu wrote:
> 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 
> arise.
> 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 
> reboot to disable it? I know that I can stop it by enabling it in rc.conf 
> 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 
> reality.

Use forcestart or forcestop to manage services that are not enabled in 
rc.conf.  This is normal.  If you got a warning, then on shutdown every rc.d 
script that is disabled would whine.  Simiarly on boot since all rc.d scripts 
are started on boot.

John Baldwin

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