Managing System Services in Oracle® Solaris 11.2

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Updated: July 2014

Service Models

SMF services are one of the following three models:

Transient service

The service does some work and then exits without starting any long running processes.

Child or wait service

The service is restarted whenever its child process exits cleanly. A child process that exits cleanly is not treated as an error.

Contract or daemon service

The service starts a long running daemon or starts several related processes that are tied together as part of a service contract. The contract service manages processes that it starts and any dependent services and their start order. You only need to manage the high-level service.