[arch-general] manage starting and stopping processes with less typing

Linas linas_fi at ymail.com
Tue Apr 13 15:50:52 EDT 2010

David C. Rankin wrote:
> Guys,
> 	One thing I miss with Arch are init-script shortcuts for starting and stopping
> processes. rc-commands really help cut down on typing. For example, all suse did
> was to create links to the files in /etc/rc.d/... with a naming convention of
> rc<init script name>. So, for example, instead of having to type:
>   /etc/rc.d/postfix
> the shortcut was simply
>   rcpostfix
> 	I have normally seen the sym-link shortcuts placed in /usr/sbin, but
> /usr/local/sbin works fine as well. The convenience is addictive. If you manage
> your box from the command line or want to, then you can give this setup a
> testdrive. You can create the sym-links very easily with the following cut and
> pasted to the command line (as root - all on one line):
> for i in $(ls /etc/rc.d); do [[ -e /etc/rc.d/$i ]] && [[ ! -h /usr/local/sbin/$i
> ]] && ln -sv /etc/rc.d/$i /usr/local/sbin/rc${i}; done
No need to create one symlink per file.
You can just add rc() { /etc/rc.d/$*; } to the user profile to
automatically be able to do:

rc postfix start  for any script you have or ever add.

To have autocompletion with your new command, also add:
complete -o filenames -W "$(cd /etc/rc.d/ && echo *)" rc

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