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Start with a base system.
apt-get install apache2
That results in it installing the package AND starting the service.
Is there some mechanism (standard across other packages as well if possible) to request that it NOT just arbitrarily start the service before it's even been properly configured?
There are multiple reasons for this, one example is if I'm installing a service in preparation to replace an equivalent service on the box - I certainly wouldn't want it trying to start in that case, but in general, just because I've requested a package be installed, doesn't mean I want it running/started automatically.
I realize I can issue update-rc.d afterwards, but the service has already been launched (or attempted to launch) at that point.
This question should be general, but I am in particular interested for Ubuntu 14.04 LTS.