Upstart is an event-based replacement for the /sbin/init daemon which handles starting of tasks and services during boot, stopping them during shutdown and supervising them while the system is running.

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Running upstart jobs as unprivileged users

What's the canonical way to have an upstart job change its userid and run the script as an unprivileged user? Obviously one can use su or sudo, but this seems hacky (and can generate needless log ...
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How do you disable an upstart service in ubuntu 10.10?

In 10.10 upstart is being used instead of sysvinit. It's possible to remove annoying upstart services which you do not want by removing the appropriate file in /etc/init/blah.conf However, this ...
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How to depend on an upstart job from an init script on Ubuntu 12.04

I am using Ubuntu 12.04 LTS and this system uses primarily upstart jobs. Unfortunately my system also depends on a manually compiled dbmail server, which only has a init script, but no upstart script. ...
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How to execute commands as root in git post-receive hook

I just recently set up a remote git repo on a server for a web app running as an Upstart service. I'd like to use the post-receive hook to trigger actions that are required to update the application ...
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Controlling Upstart job as unprivileged user

What's the best way to allow an unprivileged user to control an upstart job? By controlling an upstart job I mean starting/stopping/reloading/restarting it: start myservice I can imagine one way ...
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Upstart: Run service as unprivileged user and pre-start script as root

I have following upstart job: description "posty api" start on mysql stop on shutdown env RACK_ENV=production setuid vmail setgid vmail chdir /opt/posty_api pre-start script mkdir -p /var/...
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Where in CentOS does program start at boot if it's not in init.d?

I have installed a software (GitLab) on CentOS. It works well, but this GitLab starts at boot and I don't want that. So I took a look at /etc/init.d in order to disable it with chkconfig, but my ...
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upstart node.js cant save files, wrong permissions?

I got my own linode server the other day and moved a small nodejs / express I was playing around with over from an aws linux. Everything works great, but if I launch the app with upstart it doesnt run ...
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ubuntu upstart permission error when writing to log on a non admin user

I have a simple upstart script: start on started network-services respawn respawn limit 100 5 setuid www-data exec node /var/testapp/app.js >> /var/log/testapp.log 2>&1 post-start ...
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Starting Redmine at boot using upstart on Ubuntu

So after installing Redmine from the repositories on Ubuntu 12.04, I've tried to create an upstart script (see below) so it would start up at boot time. While service redmine start does start ...
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Ubuntu, control the init startup

Ubuntu uses upstart instead of sysvinit. However there are still runlevels and the links in them. I have installed tor and it has added itself to the startup of the OS. Now I want to remove it and ...
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Upstart: unrecognized service (CentOS 6.4)

I have created an upstart service from this gist. I put it into: [andrey@vm01 ~]$ ll /etc/init/play.conf -rw-r--r--. 1 root root 1255 Dec 1 20:50 /etc/init/play.conf I also installed upstart, as ...
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How to troubleshoot Upstart Unknown job error

I set up nginx according to instructions here and it all went well but I am unable to start with $ start <my app name> I created /etc/init/nomilkfor.me.conf (this is the domain name) and this ...
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grep fails in upstart script

I have an upstart configuration for a service which needs to check the existance of a process on it's startup. This sounds fairly easy but I'm already trying for 3 hours to get this thing solved and I'...
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Kill Infinite loop at Upstart's run level

One of my applications is at a infinite loop in the runlevel 1 by printing No protocol specified continuously after running startx -- :1. The run level does not listen to my commands given at the run ...
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How to correctly shutdown ubuntu in single-user mode?

I have searched a lot,only to found that many people came across this problem. By adding rw init=/bin/bash to the end of the vmlinuz line,I can enter the single-user mode of UBUNTU 10.04 LTS but,when ...
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Ubuntu startup file location

Ubuntu does not use the inittab file any longer so where can one find the set of files that ubuntu executes on start after the init process is started?
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How to make PostgreSQL start at boot time in Ubuntu?

Every time I boot my computer, I need to start Posgtres manually via sudo /etc/init.d/postgresql-8.4 start It was an easy task to make it start automatically with Init in place: just add a symlink ...
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Is it safe to remove sysvinit package in Debian sid?

Currently, I have some packages my own using upstart, they are working with the stable branch of Debian. I'm going to switch to sid/unstable, and then the warning comes: WARNING: The following ...
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Best way to run service no matter the distro

I am working on an application and want to make the script start on boot, and for the users to be able to run things like service my-program restart What i am seeing is there seems to be different ...
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How to restart a service each hour, in upstart?

I have an upstart service defined as: /etc/init/sshproxy.conf description "Lenik's secret tunnel thru *.ssh.myserver.com" author "谢继雷 (Lenik)" start on (net-device-up IFACE!=lo) stop on ...
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Autostart SSH tunnels on load (Ubuntu)

Every time I login into my computer I start a SSH connection to a remote computer for database work. How can I automate this in Ubuntu so that I don't have to type this in each time I login to my ...
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Upstart: chdir stanza VS cd command

In Upstart script I can use chdir stanza to set the working directory. Also I can just execute a normal cd command inside my script section. What is the difference between this two approaches? When ...
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My upstart script is says its running but doesn't actually run - Ubuntu 10.04 LTS

This is on Ubuntu 10.04 LTS So I've got a gulp script (running through Node) that works great when I execute it manually. It actually runs a "watch" on a directory so that if any of the files change ...
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How to edit and restart and upstart job without rebooting?

I'm trying to deploy a WSGI appplication with Gunicorn. I have written an upstart job for launching the WSGI app. I'm testing different options (Unix socket v. TCP, etc). Whenever I change the ....
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Upstart script that displays errors to the console?

I have a simple upstart script that runs a process and respawns it if it crashes. The problem is if it crashes I want the user to be alerted that it crashed (because they may need to take an action to ...
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upstart-monitor with CLI option fails to start in Ubuntu Server 13.04

When I try starting upstart-monitor on Ubuntu Server 13.04. I get the following error: Traceback (most recent call last): File "/usr/bin/upstart-monitor", line 195, in <module> class ...
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After installing upstart Raspberrypi gets stuck in boot

I recently installed upstart blindly replacing things I shouldn't of been. The results was that now my raspberry pi is stuck on Setting up X socket directories... /tmp/.X11-unix /tmp/.ICE-unix ...
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Automatically mounting Truecrypt volumes at user login time

I need to mount a Truecrypt volume automatically at user login time. This volume is specific for each user. I'm not sure how to proceed since I'm not extremely familiar with Linux and the various ...
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Upstart script for Sphinx

I am trying to get Sphinx running with Upstart on Ubuntu, but the only script I've found isn't working and seems to be more complex than I require. Could someone provide me with a basic Sphinx ...
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Wireless network interface ra0 does not start at boot

I recently installed USB Wireless Adapter based on Ralink RT5370 chip on my Ubuntu 10.04. Manufacturer drivers are installed properly and now I have ra0 wireless interface configured in /etc/network/...
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shutdown: /run/initctl: No such file or directory

I updated my server to Debian wheezy and played around with it. After a while I wanted to restart and encountered the error shutdown: /run/initctl: No such file or directory I searched on the web ...
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Upstart Help: Change Ubuntu 10.04 Service Boot Order

I am having an issue with the order in which services start up in Ubuntu 10.04. My workstations are configured to use winbind to connect to my Domain Controller for authentication. The problem is ...
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Ubuntu: Tomcat upstart script. Logs end up in upstart log

I have a simple upstart script for tomcat. Here is the chef template: description "Tomcat Server" start on runlevel [2345] stop on runlevel [!2345] respawn respawn limit 10 5 # run as non ...
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Emit upstart events as regular user

I want to create a situation where something unprivileged user does (via SSH) triggers an event that causes an upstart job do perform some action. The activities rely on filesystem changes, so I ...
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How can I write a fail-safe upstart script that starts an application with the necessary permissions?

I'm planning on setting up a server using Ubuntu Lucid Lynx, which uses upstart. I'm not finding the documentation too intuitive, so I'd like to ask for a solution for my specific problem. I'm ...
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Tell if a process is under systemd, init.d or Upstart control

Is it possible to reliable tell for a given Linux process if it was launched or is still supervised by an init.d script, Upstart or systemd ?
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How to configure network interface names booting from read only medium?

in a Ubuntu 12.04 system, we'd like to configure the names of the (physical) network interfaces (such as eth0, eth1, ...) using udev rules such as those generated in /etc/udev/rules.d/70-persistent-...
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Are upstart jobs guaranteed to be given time to run?

I am writing an upstart job that runs a shell script at startup and shutdown which synchronizes some files with a remote machine using rsync. The script can sometimes take a long time to complete if ...
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Upstart and process substitution

So I want to use the following in my script stanza: forever -l >(tee $QW_LOG_DIR/webserver.log | logger -p user.info -t '[QW]') start webserver.js However, that doesn't work for at least two ...
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Upstart scripts causing problems

I like to start little web servers on boot. I've been using upstart, but often my scripts fail, causing important services like sshd to fail to start. What's a safer way to do this? https://github....
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Making upstart job redirect output as unprivileged user

I am currently making an upstart job run as an unprivileged user like so: start on started mongodb stop on runlevel [06] respawn respawn limit 10 100 env NODE_ENV=production pre-start script ...
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Upstart: What is the first tracked PID w/o expect, but with script AND exec?

I have some Upstart configs used to start some foreground and blocking processes to run in the background as some kind of "daemons", especially those processes do not fork in any case. What I want is ...
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cronjob + upstart for a node.js script

I can start my node.js script as a process like so: start demo because in /etc/init/demo.conf i have: respawn respawn limit unlimited exec node /home/engine/private_js/demo.js >> /home/...
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Can I use /etc/init/ on Debian Wheezy to manage a daemon process?

I want to run a PHP daemon process and found a solution at Stackoverflow but unfortunately its not working. Now I thought Upstart is not installed since Debian still uses System V. I have two ...
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Running lengthy shutdown script on ubuntu

I need to perform some cleanup work before shutdown that will take 15 to 150 seconds on Kununtu 14.10. The cleanup action should be start after all network services like sshd, ftpd, samba etc. are ...
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start on emit is not working on upstart

I am working to restart service if stopped. I was looking for upstart, to restart service. I found some answers. I took apache2 service for testing. I changed code as below. # File : /etc/init.d/...
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How can I make my Upstart service depend on PostgreSQL?

I have a service configured as an upstart job. How do I make sure that PostgreSQL is running before my service is started? Ubuntu 14.04 here.
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Upstart start when system is idle

Is there a way to tell upstart to run a job when system is idle? If not, what is the next best thing - i.e. how to start it very late in the process, when system is reasonably expected to be idle?
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Upstart restart process time

A question about upstart. I understand the restart command does a stop and restart of the process. What happens if the process will not stop and check for the signals for a long time (20min or 2h)? ...