Under my RPM based distros I’m using chkconfig to easily activate and deactivate services during the boot and the shutdown sequence from the shell. Coming to the Debian environment, I have not found one utility like chkconfig to do the same job.
Just today, I have discovered sysv-rc-conf: run-level configuration for SysV like init script links. This piece of software can run via command line or via ncurses; it’s a “must have” for any serious *buntu/Debian user 🙂
# sudo apt-get install sysv-rc-conf