Provided by: rcconf_3.1ubuntu1_all bug


       rcconf - Debian Runlevel configuration tool


       rcconf [options]


       Rcconf allows you to control which services are started when the system boots up or
       reboots.  It displays a menu of all the services which could be started at boot.  The ones
       that are configured to do so are marked and you can toggle individual services on and off.

       Rcconf gets a list of services from /etc/init.d and looks in the /etc/rc?.d directories to
       determine whether each service is on or off.  Rcconf detects ON state by existence of

       If the number(NN of /etc/rc?.d/[SK]NNname) is not 20(default), rcconf saves the service
       name and the number in /var/lib/rcconf/services so as to be able to restore the service to
       its original configuration.

       If you purge rcconf package by 'dpkg --purge' or 'aptitude purge' or others, you may lose
       off state package due to deletion of /var/lib/rcconf/services.


            Print out a usage message.

            Use dialog command to display menu

            Use whiptail command to display menu

            Do not set window size by terminal property.

       --on service[,service,...]
            Set services to be on.  This option enables rcconf in command line mode and no select
            menu will be displayed.

       --off service[,service,...]
            Set services to be off.  This option enables rcconf in command line mode and no
            select menu will be displayed.

            List services which includes current status(on/off).  This option enables rcconf in
            command line mode and no select menu will be displayed. Use --expert option together
            if you want to list all services.  This result can be used as config_file of

       --config config_file
            Set services on/off according to config_file.  This option enables rcconf in command
            line mode and no select menu will be displayed. The format of this config file is
            "service_name on" or "service_name off" in each line. Refer to the result of --list.

            Show and select all services for experts. In default, rcconf doesn't display system
            default services as a candidate such as to hide unnecessary services for
            users(but very important for system).

            The list of which services are considered expert can be found at the line @expertonly
            in /usr/sbin/rcconf.

            For each service that had the links changed, call the corresponding
            /etc/init.d/service-name script using invoke-rc.d, so the package starts or stops
            immediately. If you do not use this option, the changes will only take effect the
            next time you reboot (or change runlevel).

            Output verbose messages.

Guide File

       Rcconf can display some description(Guide) for each services with Guide File.  Guide File
       is placed on /var/lib/rcconf/guide, and this Guide File does not exist by default.  If you
       want to use Guide, you need to define guides for each services in this file.

       If you run update-rcconf-guide before rcconf, rcconf can use default guides derived from
       package description.  Update-rcconf-guide generates the file
       '/var/lib/rcconf/guide.default' from package description(only uses first line of it) using
       apt-cache.  Rcconf refers Guides in /var/lib/rcconf/guide before

       If you install some packages after executed update-rcconf-guide, you need to re-create
       this file using update-rcconf-guide so as to refresh guide.default that includes new
       guides for installed new services.

Updating /etc/rd?.c/ by the package(KNOWN PROBLEM)

       Rcconf saves /etc/rc?.d/[SK]NNname conditions into /var/lib/rcconf/services.  This file is
       updated only when there exists /etc/rc?.d/SNNname. It means that the condition is not
       saved if /etc/rc?.d/SNNname doesn't exist for the package.

       If the old version of the package creates both /etc/rc?.d/SNNname and /etc/rc?.d/KNNname
       but the newer(updated) version of the package creates only /etc/rc?.d/KNNname, some stupid
       condition occurs. That is, rcconf displays this package as OFF state even as the updated
       package doesn't have /etc/rc?.d/SNNname. That is because rcconf can't detect disappearance
       of /etc/rc?.d/SNNname and previous /etc/rc?.d/SNNname condition remains in
       /var/lib/rcconf/services for restore.

       In that situation, remove the entry(corresponding package line) from


               The service number data file.

               Lock file.

               Guide File update-rcconf-guide generates.

               Guide File user(Administrator) can define.





       Atsushi KAMOSHIDA <>