When you install a new Linux server distribution, you can often install all of the daemons you’ll need to run on that machine at install time. Distribution vendors present a “ready to go” distribution by supplying initialization scripts for all of the services you might run. But what happens if you’re building from source, and no init script is supplied? What if you’re writing the source and haven’t ever built an init script? Here are a few ways to cope when you’re faced with this challenge.
Managing Linux Daemons with init Scripts
Submitted by Jophn Deo 2005-08-10 Linux 5 Comments
This information is not relevant for Gentoo users.
The Gentoo Developers have provided excellent documentation of initscripts and runlevels.