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I am trying to get python's SimpleHTTPServer to start on boot using /etc/init/pyweb.conf and to specify the path which the script will be executed in and server files from, however I don't seem to be able to get it to work.

Here's what I have ended up with, but it's not firing off:

# Start SimpleHTTPServer
description "SimpleHTTPServer"
start on startup
exec python -m SimpleHTTPServer 
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into that folder and run

python -m SimpleHTTPServer

from there?

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Add chdir /var/pyweb before your exec-line.

Described here: http://upstart.ubuntu.com/wiki/Stanzas#chdir

Edit: To be clear, SimpleHTTPServer doesn't take any --path or other options like that. You can give it a port number, that's about it.

Also, you don't want to use it as something permanent (i.e. on boot, used a lot); use a real httpd for that.

Thirdly; this is more of ServerFault question.

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Thanks very much for suggestions adding the chdir solved it. This is to be used for a touchscreen web config, the web server will probably serve one page during initial setup and potentially never serve another page unless the config is changed which is unlikely. many thanks again. –  crankshaft Sep 21 '11 at 13:18

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