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I have a few questions that I'm looking for some pointers for.

  1. Once I create my upstart .conf file, how exactly do I "install" it and activate it?

  2. How do you go about debugging the script while developing it? Example, I may be looping to form a list of files in the script, is it possible to output the result to console so I know its working?

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Once you've created your conf file, simply put it in /etc/init/ for system jobs, or in ~/.init for user job. For more info:

By default the console output of your script is in /var/log/upstart/file.log.

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