Posted: 1 Jun 2005
Software installed on a SuSE LINUX system usually place startup scripts in
the /etc/init.d folder. The scripts in /etc/init.d are used to start, stop,
restart, and query the status of the associated service.
Red Hat users
use the service command to start and stop software services. The syntax is
service service_name start|stop|restart|status. Users often ask if SuSE has a
service command or equivalent. Some users even go so far as to copy the service
command binary from a Red Hat box and use it on the SuSE box.
extremes are not necessary. Even though the startup script can be evoked using
its full path, for example /etc/init.d/xntpd start; the simplest way to access
startup scripts is to use the rc prefix. To access a startup script from a
command line, just prepend rc to the script name and pass it the appropriate
For example, to start xntpd, enter the
linux:/boot # ls -l initrd*
Starting network time protocol daemon (NTPD) done