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I'm not linux admin anymore, but I when I was, I used various service status software thingies only to find out whether the system thinks the service is running, because they tend to be wrong, and just annoy you (not starting crashed server because it "is already running" or something similar). I think debian doesn't even track service states, but I'm not sure.

Of course, with systemd it will be even more fun.

systemd tracks service status way more reliably than sysvinit. It also stops services more reliably. This due to the usage of cgroups.

+1 for htop. It's actually really useful and intuitive.

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