This chapter describes how to start, stop, and restart a service and how to reread service configuration. This chapter also describes how to configure the system to notify you of FMA events or service state transitions. These changes are admin level customizations as described in Repository Layers.
The command that changes service state is svcadm. The svcadm command operates on a service instance. If you provide a service name with no instance specified, and that service has only a single instance, svcadm operates on that instance. If you provide a service name with no instance specified, and that service has multiple instances, or if you specify any other pattern that matches multiple instances, svcadm issues an error message.