Lets check to see what services are running on the system using the following commands.
[user@server]# ps ax
PID TTY STAT TIME COMMAND 2 ? S 0:00 [kthreadd] 3 ? S 0:00 \_ [migration/0] 4 ? S 0:09 \_ [ksoftirqd/0] 5 ? S 0:00 \_ [migration/0] 6 ? S 0:24 \_ [watchdog/0] 7 ? S 2:20 \_ [events/0] 8 ? S 0:00 \_ [cgroup] 9 ? S 0:00 \_ [khelper] 10 ? S 0:00 \_ [netns] 11 ? S 0:00 \_ [async/mgr] 12 ? S 0:00 \_ [pm] 13 ? S 0:16 \_ [sync_supers] 14 ? S 0:15 \_ [bdi-default] 15 ? S 0:00 \_ [kintegrityd/0] 16 ? S 0:49 \_ [kblockd/0] 17 ? S 0:00 \_ [kacpid] 18 ? S 0:00 \_ [kacpi_notify] 19 ? S 0:00 \_ [kacpi_hotplug] 20 ? S 0:00 \_ [ata_aux] 21 ? S 58:46 \_ [ata_sff/0] 22 ? S 0:00 \_ [ksuspend_usbd] 23 ? S 0:00 \_ [khubd] 24 ? S 0:00 \_ [kseriod] .....
Now, let’s look at the processes accepting connection (ports) using the netstat command:
[user@server]# netstat -lp
Active Internet connections (only servers) Proto Recv-Q Send-Q Local Address Foreign Address State PID/Program name tcp 0 0 *:31138 *:* LISTEN 1485/rpc.statd tcp 0 0 *:mysql *:* LISTEN 1882/mysqld tcp 0 0 *:sunrpc *:* LISTEN 1276/rpcbind tcp 0 0 *:ndmp *:* LISTEN 2375/perl tcp 0 0 *:webcache *:* LISTEN 2312/monitorix-http tcp 0 0 *:ftp *:* LISTEN 2174/vsftpd tcp 0 0 *:ssh *:* LISTEN 1623/sshd tcp 0 0 localhost:ipp *:* LISTEN 1511/cupsd tcp 0 0 localhost:smtp *:* LISTEN 2189/sendmail tcp 0 0 *:cbt *:* LISTEN 2243/java tcp 0 0 *:websm *:* LISTEN 2243/java tcp 0 0 *:nrpe *:* LISTEN 1631/xinetd tcp 0 0 *:xmltec-xmlmail *:* LISTEN 2243/java tcp 0 0 *:xmpp-client *:* LISTEN 2243/java tcp 0 0 *:hpvirtgrp *:* LISTEN 2243/java tcp 0 0 *:5229 *:* LISTEN 2243/java tcp 0 0 *:sunrpc *:* LISTEN 1276/rpcbind tcp 0 0 *:http *:* LISTEN 6439/httpd tcp 0 0 *:oracleas-https *:* LISTEN 2243/java ....
In the above output, you notice that some of the applications you may not needed on your server but they are still running as follows:
1. smbd and nmbd
smbd and nmbd are daemon of Samba Process. Do you really need to export smb share on windows or other machine. If not! why are these processes running? You can safely kill these processes and disable them from starting automatically when machine boots the next time.
Do You need bidirectional interactive text-oriented communication over internet or local area network? If not! kill this process and turn-off it from starting at booting.
Do you need to log in to another host over network. If not! Kill this process and disable it from starting automatically at boot.
The Remote Process Execution aka rexec lets you execute shell commands on a remote computer. If you don’t require to execute shell command on a remote machine, simply kill the process.
Do you need to transfer files from one host to another host over Internet? If not you can safely stop the service.
Do you need to mount different file systems automatically to bring up network file system? If not! Why is this process running? Why are you letting this application to use you resource? Kill the process and disable it from starting automatically.
Do you need to run NameServer (DNS)? If not what on earth is compelling you to run this process and allow eating up your resources. Kill the running process first and then turn-off it from running it at boot.
lpd is the printer daemon which makes it possible to print to that server. If you don’t need to print from the server chances are your system resources are being eaten up.
Are you running any inetd services? If you are running stand alone application like ssh which uses other stand alone application like Mysql, Apache, etc. then you don’t need inetd. better kill the process and disable it starting next time automatically.
Portmap which is an Open Network Computing Remote Procedure Call (ONC RPC) and usages daemon rpc.portmap and rpcbind. If these Processes are running, means you are running NFS server. If NFS server is running unnoticed means your system resources are being used up un-necessarily.
How to Kill a Process in Linux
In order to kill a running process in Linux, use the ‘Kill PID‘ command. But, before running Kill command, we must know the PID of the process. For example, here I want to find a PID of ‘cupsd‘ process.
[user@server]# ps ax | grep cupsd 1511 ? Ss 0:00 cupsd -C /etc/cups/cupsd.conf
So, the PID of ‘cupsd‘ process is ‘1511‘. To kill that PID, run the following command.
[user@server]# kill -9 1511
How to Disable a Service in Linux
In Red Hat based distributions such as Fedora and CentOS, we will use a script called ‘chkconfig‘ to enable and disable the running services in Linux.
For example, lets disable the Apache web server at the system startup.
[user@server]# chkconfig httpd off [user@server]# chkconfig httpd --del
In Debian based distributions such as Ubuntu, Linux Mint and other Debian based distributions, use a script called update-rc.d.
For example, to disable the Apache service at the system startup execute the following command. Here ‘-f’ option stands for force.
[user@server]# update-rc.d -f apache2 remove
After making these changes, The system next time will boot without these unnecessary processes.