Is there currently any GUI based application to show currently running services, with buttons to start and stop services?

It doesn't necessarily need to be able to set boot up behaviour.

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Yes, jobs-admin is the new GUI which uses jobservice to configure Upstart scripts. It's in Maverick's repos, but there's a PPA available at https://launchpad.net/~jpeddicord/+archive/jobtools for Lucid.

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    jobs-admin looks interesting, I'll have to keep an eye on it.
    – aperson
    Aug 30, 2010 at 22:38
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    I just tried this tool, version 0.8.0. It is similar to BUM with fewer features, and even when I run it as su it is not able to edit my init levels because of what seems to be a bug?
    – djangofan
    Dec 20, 2011 at 16:26
  • I installed mysql and it doesn't show in the jobs-admin. Not sure why. Mar 29, 2012 at 2:54
  • Here's the jobs-admin bug in question, FYI: bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/jobs-admin/+bug/947674
    – Jay
    Apr 1, 2012 at 21:56
  • I only see four services by default, then if I choose "Show protected jobs" from the Jobs menu I get lots more. However they are greyed out and I can't do anything to them. I'm running jobs-admin as root. I also don't see the service I wanted to disable: lightdm May 3, 2013 at 11:19

I believe Boot-Up Manager is what you're looking for (package name is bum).


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    Are you sure that works with Upstart scripts, not just init scripts? The package description doesn't say it works with Upstart...
    – maco
    Aug 30, 2010 at 22:38
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    It doesn't seem to work with upstart, though aren't most services still init scripts?
    – aperson
    Aug 30, 2010 at 22:51
  • This doesn't work with upstart the way you would think.
    – djangofan
    Dec 20, 2011 at 16:21
  • upstart is quickly overtaking sysinit, because you can write an upstart equiv that is less than a half of screenful (80x25 screen) what may have been 4 pages or more before! Personally, ALL my new scripts are upstart. even with skeleton, its still a pain in the butt to manage sysvinit scripts and they are lacking in job-specific confirmity and that leads to security issues, etc, etc.. Mar 11, 2015 at 16:59

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