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How to auto start services on boot in Centos / Redhat?

To auto start services in Centos or Redhat OS, you can use builtin chkconfig utility. It is located in /sbin directory. If you are a regular user (non-root), then /sbin may not be in your path. Therefore, you may have to use the full path to access the chkconfig utility.

To auto start a new service:

  • Find out the name of service’s script from /etc/init.d/ directory e.g. mysqld or httpd
  • Add it to chkconfig
    sudo /sbin/chkconfig --add mysqld
  • Make sure it is in the chkconfig.
    sudo /sbin/chkconfig --list mysqld
  • Set it to autostart
    sudo /sbin/chkconfig mysqld on

To stop a service from auto starting on boot

  • sudo /sbin/chkconfig mysqld off
  • Boyko

    Excellent! This helped! Thanks! I also had to use double dash (--add --list) as the previous poster. I'm running CentOS 5.5. 

  • Asd

    chkconfig --add
    chkconfig --list

  • Alijanich

    thanks, very helpful

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