What is a Linux service?


  • Linux services are applications or processes that run in the background either because they're actively doing something or waiting to do something.

  • An example service would be OpenBSD Secure Shell server, a service that allows one to connect to the system via SSH.

Interacting with Services

  • systemctl is the system manager tool which is responsible for managing services.

  • systemctl list-unit-files - View all services available.

UNIT FILE                                  STATE           PRESET  
proc-sys-fs-binfmt_misc.automount          static          -       
-.mount                                    generated       -       
dev-hugepages.mount                        static          -       
dev-mqueue.mount                           static          -       
home.mount                                 generated       -       
proc-sys-fs-binfmt_misc.mount              disabled        disabled
run-vmblock\x2dfuse.mount                  enabled         enabled 
  • systemctl status ssh - Gets information on the status of ssh

○ ssh.service - OpenBSD Secure Shell server
     Loaded: loaded (/lib/systemd/system/ssh.service; disabled; preset: enabled)
     Active: inactive (dead)
       Docs: man:sshd(8)
  • sudo systemctl start ssh - Starts the ssh service

  • sudo systemctl stop ssh - Stops the ssh service

  • sudo systemctl enable ssh - Enables the ssh service to run on system boot

  • sudo systemctl disable ssh - Disables the ssh service from running on system boot

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