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It's not documented in the manpage, but a quick look at the source confirms the first guess: +: the service is running -: the service is not running ?: the service state cannot be determined (for some reason). The actual code: if ! is_ignored_file "${SERVICE}" \ && [ -x "${SERVICEDIR}/${SERVICE}" ]; then if ! grep -qs ...


On Ubuntu (and Debian), creating a deb package would be the best way to go, as everything can be automated, so that no end-user intervention is needed. The only cases where package installation or upgrades are not automated are if the package has some configuration options that need input from the user (mainly during installation only) or if a configuration ...

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