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  1. Agustin's Linux Manual
  2. System Administration
  3. About the Author
  4. Contents
  5. Administration
  6. Terminals
  7. Command Basics
  8. Root Directory
  9. Executing Commands
  10. File specs
  11. File Permission
  12. How permissions are assigned
  13. Change ownership chown
  14. Running multiple commands
  15. Killing Processes
  16. Bash configuration files
  17. VI Editor
  18. Creating path environment
  19. Midnight Commander
  20. Linuxconf Utility
  21. Networking
  22. Domain Name Service DNS
  23. Router and Gateway
  24. Adding Users
  25. User Accounts
  26. Managing Groups
  27. Mounting File System
  28. NFS Mounts
  29. Disk Quotas
  30. Run levels
  31. Linuxconf Control
  32. Mandrake Control Center
  33. Creating a Boot Disk
  34. Switching Boot Mode
  35. Hardware Configurations
  36. Printer Configuration
  37. Installing Printers
  38. Samba Printer
  39. Managing services
  40. Managing Users
  41. Program Scheduler
  42. Software Management
  43. Installing CUPS

Managing services

Your most common system administration will be in this section. Things that you don't feel like doing under text mode can be done here.


Controlling services is very important; your system's security depends on it. Running unnecessary services may compromise the system. For a better understanding on which services are needed, or for a description, refer to chapter 10. Services can be also managed by command line (start, stop & restart) or by using Linuxconf to set their run levels.

The following panel allows you to start and stop services. The on boot at the middle means that if that button is pressed and you click Ok, that service will be started when the system is powered on.

Services and daemons
Fig 4.18

If the button is not pressed, it means that the service is not started automatically. You must have to start it manually when needed.

Note: If you are looking for a particular service and is not on this panel, this means that the package is not installed. Use the package manager to add the software.


Fonts  This icon is used if you want to change the fonts…

Date and time

Fonts  This icon is used if you need to adjust the date and time…

The logs

Fonts  The logs icon is used if you need to monitor a log on a specific date. You can program it here.

The console

Fonts  This icon drops you to a command line. (Useful -while you are in the control center) You can execute any command.
  • Type exit to exit from the console

Managing users

Fonts  This icon is used if you want to change the fonts…