Linux 2.6 - man page for service (linux section 8)
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service - run a System V init script
service SCRIPT COMMAND [OPTIONS]
service --help | -h | --version
service runs a System V init script in as predictable environment as possible, removing
most environment variables and with current working directory set to /.
The SCRIPT parameter specifies a System V init script, located in /etc/init.d/SCRIPT. The
supported values of COMMAND depend on the invoked script, service passes COMMAND and
OPTIONS it to the init script unmodified. All scripts should support at least the start
and stop commands. As a special case, if COMMAND is --full-restart, the script is run
twice, first with the stop command, then with the start command.
service --status-all runs all init scripts, in alphabetical order, with the status com-
service calls the init script and returns the status returned by it.
The directory containing System V init scripts.
The only environment variables passed to the init scripts.
Jan 2006 service(8)
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