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OK this is the third installation of fedora 8 that has done this to me. First off I installed from Fedora 8 Live CD, just in case that makes some difference.
I have sshd, vsftpd, and network in the chkconfig
[root@bighat ~]# chkconfig --list | grep network
network 0:off 1:off 2:on 3:on 4:on 5:on 6:off
[root@bighat ~]# chkconfig --list | grep sshd
sshd 0:off 1:off 2:on 3:on 4:on 5:on 6:off
[root@bighat ~]# chkconfig --list | grep vsftpd
vsftpd 0:off 1:off 2:on 3:on 4:on 5:on 6:off
I also see all the scripts in rc5.d:
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 17 2008-01-02 19:56 S10network -> ../init.d/network
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 14 2008-01-02 20:06 S55sshd -> ../init.d/sshd
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 16 2008-01-02 16:50 S60vsftpd -> ../init.d/vsftpd
For some reason these services and maybe other will not start on boot. When I reboot the machine none of these services work while it is sitting at the login screen (gnome).
If I log in as a normal user then all these services start working. I dont understand why this is and for some time now nobody has been able to find an answer to this. I post this challenge to you!
I did a little test and reboot while doing a continuous ping from my other machine. It looks like the network does come up, I was also able to log into ftp for a moment. Then the ping stops and the ftp disconnects (soon as the login screen comes up). I then have to log in to activate all these services again.
Also I started an FTP transfer of a large file to this box. I then logged out (I was logged in as a normal user) and all the services stopped.
This happened over 3 different fresh installs, it has to be something I am doing.