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    What's the difference??

    I'm quite new to linux and i notice that for the same application(iptables)...the commands are quite different in ubuntu and what's the difference here???
    (FOR e.g service iptables start doesn't do anything in ubuntu)


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    Actually, the difference has to do with the way the services/daemons are started and not with the application/service itself, because the 'service' command is a script that points to the /etc/init.d/ directory that contains a number of start/stop scripts for various services.
    i.e. The commands below do the same function:

    /etc/init.d/iptables start
    service iptables start

    I find the service command easier to use as it's shorter , but it's not available in all the distros. Anyway you can just create it in the /sbin directory.

    You might want to check the following howto, that mentions about it:

    Once you understand this process you can also search about the 'SysV-style' and 'BSD-style' init..

    Have fun and good luck!

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