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i am trying to disable the networking services from starting up automatically; i am thinking avahi-daemon, network-manager, and networking from the /etc/init.d/ folder; what do i do to keep them from running automatically? move them from /init.d/ ? then to where? and are there other networking services that i should be aware of? thanks

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You can remove the startup symlinks of these files using update-rc.d:

$ sudo update-rc.d -f NetworkManager remove
$ sudo update-rc.d -f networking remove
$ sudo update-rc.d -f avahi-daemon remove

this will stop these applications from running automatically on startup.

To re-add them later on, simply run:

$ sudo update-rc.d NetworkManager defaults
$ sudo update-rc.d networking defaults
$ sudo update-rc.d avahi-daemon detaults
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thanks; tried to 'vote up' but apparently dont have the rep; need to read on the way this site works; – bboyreason Aug 22 '10 at 18:14
@bboy if this solution worked for you, you can simply check the answer as 'accepted' :) – John T Aug 22 '10 at 18:47

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