How to Disable Services in Linux

Linux system provides a list of commands to manage running services on a system. This article covers some of the commands that will help manage services.

(1) Display the status of services

sudo service --status-all

You can disable service by using a simple command:
sudo systemctl disable apache2

(2) ps command

Display Options

ps --help

Display a list of services

ps ax

You can use grep command with pipe (|) command to identify a specific command

ps ax | grep terminal

Now you can use the kill command to terminate the service

kill -9 <PID>

(3) netstat command

Display the network protocol details such as Type, State, I-Node, etc.

netstat -lp

(4) update-rc.d

Another script update-rc.d is available on Linux that can be used to disable services.

update-rc.d --help

To remove services

update-rc.d -f apache2 remove


Linux has a lot of flexibility for configuring services on a system. Administrators just need to know the commands that need to be removed or disabled from the system.

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