Services that can start by default policy feedback

Lennart Poettering mzerqung at
Thu Feb 24 15:59:47 UTC 2011

On Thu, 24.02.11 09:44, Colin Walters (walters at wrote:

> On Wed, Feb 23, 2011 at 1:56 PM, Kevin Fenzi <kevin at> wrote:
> > Greetings.
> >
> > FESCo is looking at the question of what services can start by default
> > (ie, you install something and it's set to start automatically next
> > time you boot up).
> Honestly I think it'd be conceptually a lot simpler if all services
> didn't start on RPM installation, period.  Specific ones that we want
> enabled by default in a desktop install could simply be turned on in
> the kickstart file.
> Something like the attached patch (obviously incomplete, and not tested):

I think I agree with this. Information about enabling a service is not a
distro-global decision. It depends on the profile you install.

However, this does leave the question about bus services open. Would
this mean we turn all bus activatable services off by default, too?
udisks? upower and friends?


Lennart Poettering - Red Hat, Inc.

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