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This tutorial has been written as a memo for the setup of upstart jobs under Linux distributions.

Indeed, some services (e.g. openssh-server, mysql-server, vsftpd), installed via the packages are automatically launched via upstart jobs. This tutorial shows how to disable these services from being automatically started.

Preventing services from auto-starting

To prevent these services from auto-starting, just add the keyword "never" to the list of "start on".

Here is an example for MySQL. The following is an extract of the initial /etc/init/mysql.conf script:

start on (net-device-up
          and local-filesystems
          and runlevel [2345])
stop on runlevel [016]

To prevent MySQL from autostarting, just add:

start on (never
          and net-device-up
          and local-filesystems
          and runlevel [2345])
stop on runlevel [016]
Don't forget to link it this with the keyword "and" if you have more than one run level.


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