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Old 04-26-2011, 01:16 AM   #1
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What is the service `network` responsible for?

This question gonna be a kindda n00b but I cannot be able find a reliable answer through google.

I own a netbook (Arch Linux). When I boot my system it always fails starting `network` service (which takes a long time before failing). And when the X Server starts then I manually connect to the internet. So in order to reduce boot time, i have removed network from DAEMONS in `/etc/rc.conf`, the system seems to work fine.

But I am still not sure what does this `network` service is responsible for, but I would like to know, so that I can use it if possible/needed.

$ sudo /etc/rc.d/network start
$ sudo /etc/rc.d/network restart
$ sudo /etc/rc.d/network stop

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Old 04-26-2011, 01:51 AM   #2
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It does exactly what you'd expect it to do, enables network connections, and it's been doing that for many many years mostly unchanged. However. There is also more recently a newer service called NetworkManager which is a more user centric dynamic service which is what handles automatic connections to wifi hotspots and provides the sort of flexibility you would expect on a modern laptop OS etc. So the network service is not really relevant for user focussed systems (and the config files are often set to not enable on boot), whereas for a server, or desktop PC which just has a simple physical connection (or in fact more complicated physical connections doing vlan tagging and channel bonding) the network service is still there being conventional. It's something of an example of new vs old clashing and overlapping somewhat. They have different reasons for existing, despite doing virtually the same thing when summarized as a one liner.

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