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Old 10-01-2009, 11:45 AM   #1
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Smile need guidelines for determining required services.

Hi LinuxQuestions,

This is my second post. I found the earlier one really useful and I have to Thank for that.

I am here with a new question. I am using CentOS 5.2. The idea is to run a java written server on it. The hardware is headless server. I have installed it in a way that it has got no GUI. So all operations have to be taken care by the tty's. I need to chop off the un-required services and files to make the OS as small as possible. So, I needed guidelines as to how to search for them and if found how can I remove it with its dependencies without harming those essentials services for the java server to run.

Where should I start finding and how to safely remove unwanted services?

Kindly share your idea.

Ankush Pandit.
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You can use


this is a curses based interface ie a crude graphical interface that does not require X11.
Lists all the services and you can turn them on off.

1. make a list of all services currently 'on' and research them
2. remove services one at a time and see if anything breaks (I'd leave ntp on)

Alternately, use chkconfig, a purely text based interface.

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