Cheat Sheet: systemctl vs chkconfig

A simple cheat sheet that shows how to perform the same task with both systemctl and chkconfig

Written by Benjamin Cane on 2012-01-19

Since I've mostly been using Red Hat or the gui desktop of Ubuntu lately I've neglected to notice the transitions from the sysVinit packages to systemd. Recently I installed Fedora 16 and was a little surprised when chkconfig didn't work anymore. I decided I would write a post that gives the systemctl version of a few common chkconfig commands.

List processes


# chkconfig --list


# systemctl list-units

Enable a service


# chkconfig <servicename> on


# systemctl enable <servicename>.service

Disable a service


# chkconfig <servicename> off


# systemctl disable <servicename>.service

Start a service


# service <servicename> start


# systemctl start <servicename>.service

Stop a service


# service <servicename> stop


# systemctl stop <servicename>.service

Check the status of a service


# service <servicename> status


# systemctl status <servicename>.service

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Benjamin's specialty is keeping the lights on for mission critical systems. He is currently building applications that enable high concurrency financial transactions.

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