The service command is another way to control SysVinit services through SysVinit scripts. It supports the following subcommands.

Subcommand Used To
{service} status Print current state of service.
{service} start Activate service immediately.
{service} stop Deactivate service immediately.
{service} restart Restart service immediately.
{service} reload Re-read config files while service runs.


The syntax of the service command is:

# service [options] [service] [subcommand]

service Command Examples

1. To status of a program:

2. To start a service:

3. To stop a service:

4. To restart a service:

5. To see the status fo all the programs:

6. To see the help:

# service -h
# service --help 

7. To see the version: