iptables never saved and boot file

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http://www.linuxquestions.org – The last few times I had to restart my server, my iptables file was never saved and I had to load it from the backup. I always issue /etc/init.d/iptables save after any changes but for some reason it loads the default iptables file that came with the server. Any ideas on what to change? I would also like to use a default boot file that starts or restarts services like squid, nscd, postfix, iptables, etc - where can I edit that? (HowTos)