How to Disable Services

Last modified: June 23, 2020


This document describes how to disable a service.

The /usr/local/cpanel/scripts/maintenance script runs during the nightly cPanel & WHM update process. The script provides security updates and automatically restarts services. However, automatic restarts may cause essential services to lose connection to the server. If these services lose connection to the server, that server may become inaccessible.

Disabled services reside in the /var/cpanel/disabled directory.

Disable Services

To disable a service, log in to your server’s command line as the root user and add one of the following touch files to the /var/cpanel/disabled directory:

File Description
secureit Disables the /usr/local/cpanel//scripts/secureit script, which secures permissions on your server.
securetmp Disables the securetmp service, which secures your /tmp partition.
terminal-colors Disables the color output in WHM’s Terminal interface (WHM » Home » Server Configuration » Terminal).
cloudlinux Prevents CloudLinux™’s installation on the server.
auto-restart-services Disables any services that the system automatically restarts.

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