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I have a file /etc/init/boinc-client.override with the single line manual that I use to prevent the BOINC client from starting up. (I don't want it hogging CPU time away from Folding@Home, for now anyway.)

But, after restarting, I noticed that BOINC had started itself up again.

I am sure that, I have upstart installed.

What should I do?

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boinc-client doesn't use Upstart but SysV Init to start at boot time.


sudo update-rc.d boinc-client disable

to disable automatic starting up. If you want to enable it again use

 sudo update-rc.d boinc-client enable   
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Super ... I'd upvote you if I could but this is my first question here. Sorry... – Sadiq Sep 6 '12 at 18:47

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