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In my ubuntu server 14.04, I start a pptpd service, when I check it status:

ubuntu@server:~$ service pptpd status
* /usr/sbin/pptpd is not running

But it actually is wokring:

ubuntu@server:~$ ps aux | grep pptpd
root      1053  0.0  0.0  10680   764 ?        Ss   Aug10   0:00 /usr/sbin/pptpd

Why this happens?

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It depends how the init detects the service is running (ie. with a file socket). If you run the process without this configuration, the init doesn't know of the actual state of the service.

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