Subject: re: PROPOSAL: /etc/rc, /etc/init.d/*, ...
To: Bill Sommerfeld <>
From: matthew green <>
List: tech-userlevel
Date: 12/01/1999 14:49:35
   I don't see anything documented about how to conditionally control
   whether or not daemons should be started (as is now done by
   There should be some way of disabling daemons other than deleting
   potentially hard-to-recreate files from /etc/init.d ...

did you miss this section:

A new system should have the following attributes:
	[ ... ]
        * Control over a function via /etc/rc.conf (rather than
          via the existance of a file/link in /etc/rc*.d).


*nothing* depends on the existence of a script in {rc*,init}.d.
they may depend on the existence of other files (eg, /etc/exports).