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How do I disable SSH from starting automatically?

Simple question here; what's the correct way to stop the sshd service from starting when the OS boots ? I'm not sure if this answer is correct, so I'm hoping some guru(s) can help me out!

What I'd like is a configuration that (after boot) allows me to start the service using sudo service ssh start when necessary.

Version info:

me@home:~$ ssh -V
OpenSSH_5.9p1 Debian-5ubuntu1, OpenSSL 1.0.1 14 Mar 2012
me@home:~$ lsb_release -a
No LSB modules are available.
Distributor ID: Ubuntu
Description:    Ubuntu 12.04.1 LTS
Release:    12.04
Codename:   precise

Remove the service from startup with:

sudo update-rc.d -f sshd remove

Reset it with:

sudo update-rc.d sshd defaults
  • I'm not exactly sure what you mean by remove and reset... Will I still be able to start the service manually? (i.e. with sudo service ssh start ) ? – blong Oct 10 '12 at 2:12
  • Yes, look more into services, runlevels, and rc.d scripts. – wojox Oct 10 '12 at 12:34
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    It looks like this isn't exactly the solution I'm looking for: me@home-computer:~$ sudo update-rc.d -f sshd remove Removing any system startup links for /etc/init.d/sshd ... me@home-computer:~$ sudo reboot When my computer restarted, I was able to ssh to localhost without starting the service: me@home-computer:~$ ssh me@localhost me@localhost's password: *** Welcome to Ubuntu 12.04... I'm looking for a way to simply stop the service from starting automatically. Any other thoughts? – blong Oct 16 '12 at 2:35
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    I didn't post an answer in my question, not sure what you mean? – blong Oct 17 '12 at 0:45
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    This does not work on ubuntu 14.04. See upstart and /etc/init/ssh.conf how-to-enable-or-disable-services – here Jan 2 '15 at 9:50

You could install Boot-Up Manager. It is a GUI to enable or disable services on startup.

sudo apt-get install bum

It has to be run as root user.

sudo bum

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