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service(8)									       service(8)

NAME
       service - run a System V init script

SYNOPSIS
       service SCRIPT COMMAND [OPTIONS]

       service --status-all

       service --help | -h | --version


DESCRIPTION
       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-
       mand.

EXIT CODES
       service calls the init script and returns the status returned by it.

FILES
       /etc/init.d
	      The directory containing System V init scripts.

ENVIRONMENT
       LANG, TERM
	      The only environment variables passed to the init scripts.

SEE ALSO
       /etc/init.d/skeleton,
       update-rc.d(8),
       init(8),
       invoke-rc.d(8).

					     Jan 2006				       service(8)
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