I installed nfs-commons on my Ubuntu 11.04 machine so that I can mount an NFS drive. However I late decided to remove NFS from my system so I did a sudo apt-get remove. Now, 1 out of 5 times my machine does not boot. It hangs. The boot messages say somewhere

starting NFSv4 id <-> name mapper [fail]

Also one of the message says

init: statd pre-start process (505) terminated with status 2

Now I think both these messages have got something to do with my previous NFS installation. But I don't understand that when I have uninstalled it, why is my OS trying to start these services ? I don't have any entry for NFS in my fstab either.

So my question is this :

How do I find out what processes / services are going to start during boot and how do I disable them ?


If you are more familiar with the chkconfig utility, you may have a recap on which services are loaded/running at startup using:

chkconfig --list

of course you might have tu install the utility first but Ubuntu will tell you how to do it, just run it and see for yourself.

To enable/disable a service on the next boot just use the following syntax:

chkconfig --help
usage:   chkconfig [--list] [--type <type>] [name]
         chkconfig --add <name>
         chkconfig --del <name>
         chkconfig --override <name>
         chkconfig [--level <levels>] [--type <type>] <name><on|off|reset|resetpriorities>

In your case you should use:

sudo chkconfig <sericename> off

In Ubuntu you can see a list of running services with:

service --status-all

and start or stop the service with:

sudo /etc/init.d/service {stop,start}
  • I want the services to not start at all. What you are suggesting is that once started I can stop them.
    – AnkurVj
    Sep 24 '11 at 8:23
  • Once you have identified what service(s) you don't want running, then stop them and then remove the relevant package(s).
    – jasonwryan
    Sep 24 '11 at 8:49

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