How to change order of services

Kevin J. Cummings cummings at
Fri Jul 11 02:44:29 UTC 2008

Andrea wrote:
> Kevin J. Cummings wrote:
>> When you turned on wpa_supplicant with chkconfig, it creates symbolic 
>> links in the various rc.d directories which begin with either S or K 
>> (start or kill) and the numbers (priorities).  Just changing the file 
>> in /etc/init.d doesn't change these links.  You have to use chkconfig 
>> to turn them off or delete them, and then add them back again to get 
>> the new links.  *OR*  you could change the file by hand, and then 
>> change all of the links names to contain the new numbers by hand.  One 
>> is easier than the other.  You decide which.
> This is the content of rc3.d
> ...
> lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 24 2008-07-10 21:56 S09wpa_supplicant -> 
> ../init.d/wpa_supplicant
> lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 17 2008-07-10 21:56 S10network -> ../init.d/network
> ...
> which is correct. Exactly what I want.
> I think this has been generated by "ntsysv" when I deselected and 
> reselected wpa_supplicant.
> But the next time I do "yum update" for some reason wpa_supplicant will 
> go back to its original position.
> It's like there are 2 ways of configuring those services and they might 
> not be synchronized.

I noticed when I upgraded to F9 (from FC6) that most of the support for 
what used to be in /etc/inittab is no longer supported and a new 
mechanism is in use.  Its supposed to be more flexible, but it may not 
have all of its bugs smoothed out yet with its interactions with 
chkconfig.  I may be grasping at straws here, but I'm looking for an 
explanation for your problem.  I haven't tried to do what you are doing 
in a while (ie, the last time I tried, I was still running FC6).

> I've noticed that in each file, after the info for chkconfig there is a 
> "new" section:

I hadn't noticed.  I haven't looked recently, either.

> for "network":
> # Provides: $network
> # Should-Start: iptables ip6tables
> for "wpa_supplicant":
> # Provides: wpa_supplicant
> # Required-Start: $local_fs messagebus
> # Required-Stop: $local_fs messagebus
> # Default-Start:
> # Default-Stop: 0 1 6
> # Short-Description: start and stop wpa_supplicant
> # Description: wpa_supplicant is a tool for connecting to wireless networks
> I will try to add wpa_supplicant to "Required-Start" of the network.

By all means, let us know how it turns out!

> Andrea

Kevin J. Cummings
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