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For the old (and still used in debian) init mechanism there are tools such as rcconf to disable services and daemons.

Are there such for whatever is used in Ubuntu (upstart I guess) ?

I am running 12.04.3. (I know you can disable some by messing with the files in /etc/init directory, but I would prefer a tool like rcconf.)

It does not have to be graphical.

I know how to install and use rcconf, but Ubuntu uses a newer init mechanism, and I do not think rcconf works with that.

Services-admin apparently provided by gnome-system-tools seems good, although might have dependencies I want to avoid on my minimal install.

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If I understand your question correctly, Ubuntu provides a graphical tool to manage services that start up at boot time. Just press Ctrl+Alt+T on your keyboard to open Terminal. When it opens, run the command(s) below:

sudo services-admin

Or you can install rcconf.

sudo apt-get install rcconf

and start it by typing rcconf in terminal

Hope this helps

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Check also :

  1. bum - boot-up menager
  2. webmin

HTH

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