SysAdm purists often look down on people who use a GUI to handle tasks on their servers, but having worked for several years on Novell Netware at the beginning of my career (shudder), give me a GUI over a command line every time! On my home CentOS servers, I have the GNOME desktop environment loaded, and it makes me a lot more productive, because I don’t have to remember the locations of many scripts, or the various command line switches to run various applications.
Recently, I was installing a replacement server for my Hadoop cluster, and I found that the Services GUI option was not present under the System – Administration menu. A little hunting turned up that the system-config-services package wasn’t installed. If this happens to you, here’s a quick way to get it back. Open up a terminal – kidding!!!
- Start the Add/Remove Software application from the Administration menu under System.
- Search for system-config-services and check the two options that should appear. One is the application, the other the documentation.
- Click Apply down in the lower right corner, and authenticate as Root.
- Wait a few second, then check under System – Administration. Service should be back right above Software Update.