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I am still very new to FreeBSD, from what I have learned in manuals, /etc/rc.conf controls system services at boot time.

There is no mention of sendmail and syslogd in /etc/rc.conf, so how come they are started automatically? Is there another configuration file for system services at boot time?

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You are looking for /etc/defaults/rc.conf. The defaults there are the basis and /etc/rc.conf contains only changes that overwrite the defaults.

If you want very verbose information you can also get debug messages from the rc scripts with rc_debug="YES".

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awesome answer, thanks a lot, that's exactly where sendmail and syslog started – Howard May 2 '13 at 22:46

You could be running systemd, try running:

systemctl list-unit-files
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There does not seem to be systemd. This is a fresh installation of freebsd 9.1 from dvd image. – Howard May 2 '13 at 6:30

FreeBSD has a wonderful handbook.


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