SERVICE(8) System Manager's Manual SERVICE(8)
service - run a System V init script
service SCRIPT COMMAND [OPTIONS]
service --help | -h | --version
service runs a System V init script or systemd unit in as predictable
an environment as possible, removing most environment variables and
with the current working directory set to /.
The SCRIPT parameter specifies a System V init script, located in
/etc/init.d/SCRIPT, or the name of a systemd unit. The existence of a
systemd unit of the same name as a script in /etc/init.d will cause the
unit to take precedence over the init.d script. The supported values
of COMMAND depend on the invoked script. service passes COMMAND and
OPTIONS to the init script unmodified. For systemd units, start, stop,
status, and reload are passed through to their systemctl/initctl equiv-
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 command. The status is [ + ] for running services, [ - ] for
stopped services and [ ? ] for services without a status command. This
option only calls status for sysvinit jobs.
service calls the init script and returns the status returned by it.
The directory containing System V init scripts.
The directories containing systemd units.
LANG, LANGUAGE, LC_CTYPE, LC_NUMERIC, LC_TIME, LC_COLLATE, LC_MONETARY,
LC_MESSAGES, LC_PAPER, LC_NAME, LC_ADDRESS, LC_TELEPHONE, LC_MEASURE-
MENT, LC_IDENTIFICATION, LC_ALL, TERM, PATH
The only environment variables passed to the init scripts.
Miloslav Trmac <email@example.com>, Petter Reinholdtsen <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Licence: GNU Public Licence v2 (GPLv2)
2006 Red Hat, Inc., Petter Reinholdtsen <email@example.com>
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