What is an initscript service and how do I start and stop it?

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Linux has several methods for running programs automatically, without direct input from a user. One of these methods is the Sys5 initscripts. Programs started by these initscripts are called initscript services or simply services.

Every initscript service has a name associated with it. You can get a list of the services installed on a system using the chkconfig command:

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