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LinuxWorld: Booting without all the extras

Aug 18, 2000, 13:04 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joshua Drake)

"A default installation of Red Hat includes a lot of software; most users will never need much of it. For example, if you are a workstation user, and all you are using Linux for is browsing the Web, do you need a DNS server running? Or the Network File System (NFS) service? Chances are you don't."

"Now, there are a couple of ways you can remove a service. The first is to remove the software package that runs the service. The second is to use the chkconfig command to remove the service from the run level. To remove the software package, you would use the command rpm. For more information on rpm, please see the man page."

"Removing the service from the run level has some benefits over removing the whole software package. If you remove the service from the run level, you won't have to remove the software and you can always use it later if the need arises. Also, you may only want to remove the service temporarily -- to debug a problem, for example. The chkconfig command can also be used to specify which run level you would like to have a particular service run in."

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