2009-01-02

From 72 to 56

A default minimal install of CentOS5 leaves you with a fairly busy box. If you just login on the console you'll find about 72 running processes. This includes what I consider to be some pretty oddball stuff like "rpcgssd" and "rpcidmapd". How many sites actually make use of these services? A simple run through of:


chkconfig irqbalance off
chkconfig isdn off
chkconfig portmap off
chkconfig rpcgssd off
chkconfig rpcidmapd off
chkconfig sendmail off
chkconfig yum-updatesd off
chkconfig cups off
chkconfig gpm off
chkconfig mdmonitor off
chkconfig nfslock off
chkconfig smartd off
chkconfig autofs off
chkconfig bluetooth off
chkconfig acpid off
chkconfig pcscd off


- leaves one with 56 processes after boot and allot less open ports. Some of these make sense (like acpid) but I'm running in a VM so I don't want those either. Would be nice if the default state of CentOS5 was a little cleaner.

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