As written in the title, where should I let the init script write the pid file? are there any standard paths I should choose instead of the /var/run ?
Could /tmp be a good place where to store it or there are drawbacks in that?
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In short: you could store it anywhere (say,
/var/run is the preferred standard.
/var/run is the Filesystem Hierarchy Standard:
This directory contains system information data describing the system since it was booted. Files under this directory must be cleared (removed or truncated as appropriate) at the beginning of the boot process. Programs may have a subdirectory of /var/run; this is encouraged for programs that use more than one run-time file.[footnote 37]
And a desirable feature is that most distros clean it automatically (unlike
/tmp which is not cleaned upon boot in some distros) - this avoid stale pid files:
The normal location for pidfiles is /var/run. Most unices will clean this directory on boot; under Ubuntu this is achieved by /var/run an in-memory filesystem (tmpfs).
It's your choice where to store it, but I would go with the standard.
If you don't have access to
/var/run, you should store the pid file in the user's home directory, e.g.