*BASH User Commands Ubuntu 10.04.4 LTS Server coreutils
GNU/Linux
service(8)                                                          service(8)



NAME
       service - run a System V init script


SYNOPSIS
       service SCRIPT COMMAND [OPTIONS]

       service --status-all

       service --help | -h | --version


DESCRIPTION
       service  runs  a  System V init script in as predictable environment as
       possible, removing most environment variables and with current  working
       directory set to /.

       The  SCRIPT  parameter  specifies  a  System  V init script, located in
       /etc/init.d/SCRIPT.  The supported values  of  COMMAND  depend  on  the
       invoked  script,  service  passes  COMMAND  and  OPTIONS it to the init
       script unmodified.  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.


EXIT CODES
       service calls the init script and returns the status returned by it.


FILES
       /etc/init.d
              The directory containing System V init scripts.


ENVIRONMENT
       LANG, TERM
              The only environment variables passed to the init scripts.


SEE ALSO
       /etc/init.d/skeleton,
       update-rc.d(8),
       init(8),
       invoke-rc.d(8).



                                   Jan 2006                         service(8)