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Managing System Services in Oracle® Solaris 11.4

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Updated: Febuary 2019

Stopping a Service

Use the svcadm disable command to disable an enabled or temporarily disabled service instance. A disabled instance cannot be restarted. You must first enable the instance.

Note -  Security best practice recommends that you periodically review your online services to assess whether any of them are no longer used and no longer need to be running.

How to Disable a Service Instance

  1. Check whether other services depend on this instance.
    1. List services that depend on this instance.
      $ svcs -D FMRI
    2. Check whether the dependent service requires this instance.

      For each result from the svcs -D command, use the svcs -l command to check whether the dependency is a required dependency.

      You should not disable this instance if this instance is a required dependency of another service. See Showing Service Dependencies for information about dependency groupings and restart_on values.

  2. Disable the instance.

    The restarter for the service attempts to bring the specified instance to the disabled state. In general, the restarter for the service attempts to run the stop method if a stop method exists. The periodic restarter does not attempt to run any stop method because processes contracted by a periodic instance do not run persistently. Periodic instances run short-lived processes and then wait until the next scheduled time to run. See Chapter 3, Creating a Service to Run Periodically in Developing System Services in Oracle Solaris 11.4 for more information.

    An instance can be permanently or temporarily disabled. Permanent disable is persistent across system reboot and is the default. Temporary disable lasts only until reboot.

    • Permanently disable the instance.
      $ svcadm disable FMRI
    • Temporarily disable the instance.

      Use the -t option to specify temporary disable.

      $ svcadm disable -t FMRI

      If you want an instance to be disabled now but run on next reboot, make sure the instance is running (in the online or degraded state), and then temporarily disable the instance. To verify that the instance is temporarily disabled, use the svcs -l command and check the enabled row:

      enabled      false (temporary)
    • Synchronously disable the instance.

      If you specify the -s option, svcadm disables the instance and waits for the instance to enter the disabled state before returning. The svcadm command returns when the instance reaches the disabled state or when it determines that the instance requires administrator intervention to reach the disabled state.

      Use the -T option with the -s option to specify an upper bound in seconds to make the transition or determine that the transition cannot be made.

      $ svcadm disable -sT 10 FMRI
  3. Verify that the instance is disabled.
    $ svcs FMRI
Example 18  Disabling a Service Instance

The following commands show that the Generic Security Service, rpc/gss, is online, and services that depend on the rpc/gss service are disabled:

$ svcs rpc/gss
STATE          STIME    FMRI
online         Oct_20   svc:/network/rpc/gss:default
$ svcs -D rpc/gss
STATE          STIME    FMRI
disabled       Oct_20   svc:/network/nfs/client:default
disabled       Oct_20   svc:/network/smb/client:default
disabled       Oct_21   svc:/network/nfs/server:default

The following command shows that even if the dependents were online, the rpc/gss service is an optional dependency and no attempt will be made to start the rpc/gss service if any of these three dependent services is refreshed or stopped for any reason:

$ svcs -l nfs/client smb/client nfs/server | grep rpc/gss
dependency   optional_all/none svc:/network/rpc/gss (online)
dependency   optional_all/none svc:/network/rpc/gss (online)
dependency   optional_all/none svc:/network/rpc/gss (online)

The svcadm disable command is successful, the instance is currently in the disabled state, and the restart attempt fails.

$ svcadm disable rpc/gss
$ svcs rpc/gss
STATE          STIME    FMRI
disabled       12:45:55 svc:/network/rpc/gss:default
$ svcadm restart pkg/update:default
$ svcs rpc/gss
STATE          STIME    FMRI
disabled       12:45:55 svc:/network/rpc/gss:default