`# probe: true` in /etc/rc.d/init.d/* files on a RedHat system

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Published on 2010-04-01T12:27:33Z Indexed on 2010/04/01 12:33 UTC
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Some files (e.g. nfs, nfslock, bind) in my /etc/rc.d/init.d/ directory have in their comment header a line such as:

# probe: true

I found that those particular scripts has the probe verb i.e.:

service nfs probe

But this is due to the fact that the mentioned scripts has code that deals with the probe verb.

I find no mention of the # probe: true notation in chkconfig man page, nor in any related man pages. Googleing for it also didn't help.

Is there a real significance for that line, or is it pure documentation?

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