F9: Problem with Services tool

Nigel Henry cave.dnb2m97pp at aliceadsl.fr
Fri Jul 11 18:15:35 UTC 2008

On Friday 11 July 2008 16:31, Dan Thurman wrote:
> Daniel B. Thurman wrote:
> > Somehow, the system-conf-services tool stopped working.
> > Starting this brings up the tool, it hangs with a blank list
> > and 'No services selected' in a greyed out right panel.
> >
> > I tried to remove and reinstall system-conf-services but
> > it does not help.
> >
> > What can I do to fix this?
> >
> > Thanks!
> > Dan
> Isn't there anyone that can help me solve this one?  I am really
> pulling out my hair over this supposedly *simple* program
> and I cannot for the life of me figure out why this sucker hangs!
> Please tell me what I can do to debug this sucker to understand
> WHY it hangs.  I have an strace but who wants it?  What does
> system-config-services require for proper functioning?
> Yes, I have pored over the man pages and it mentions hanging
> but *very* limited data.  FYI: it worked until I did *something*
> (like install many packages) and somehow it broke it.
> Thanks!
> Dan

Hi Dan. I don't know why the services tool stopped working for you, 
but /sbin/chkconfig is the CLI tool to stop and start services, and looking 
in synaptic on my FC2 install under system-config-services, chkconfig is a 
dep for it, so it looks like system-config-services is just a graphical 
frontend to chkconfig.

What do you get if you su to root on the CLI, and run chkconfig? It should 
give you the following options.

[root at localhost djmons]# /sbin/chkconfig
chkconfig version 1.3.9 - Copyright (C) 1997-2000 Red Hat, Inc.
This may be freely redistributed under the terms of the GNU Public License.

usage:   chkconfig --list [name]
         chkconfig --add <name>
         chkconfig --del <name>
         chkconfig [--level <levels>] <name> <on|off|reset>)
[root at localhost djmons]#

/sbin/chkconfig --list shows the current state of all services

It may be worth a look, as chkconfig appears to be the backend to the 
system-config-services GUI.

2¢ worth of perhaps nothing.


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