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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Upstart and core files

I have an upstart job that occasionally crashes with a segmentation fault, and I have a few questions about core dumps. First, should I add a stanza: limit core unlimited unlimited Is there a ...
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How to specify a daemon shutdown command with upstart?

In an upstart configuration how do I define what command should be used to shutdown a server. Lets say I have daemon that has two seperate processes. startup.sh - to start the server shutdown.sh ...
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“respawning too fast, stopped”. How to make UPSTART disable for 5 mins?

In the old days, the init daemon used to disable tasks that were respawning too fast. I discovered to my peril that UPSTART just stops them. forever. I have found the COUNT and INTERVAL controls for ...
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Best way to make a shutdown hook?

Since Ubuntu relies on upstart for some time now, I would like to use an upstart job to gracefully shutdown certain applications on system shutdown or reboot. It is essential that the system's ...
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Auto-start service on bootup that depend on network

I have a particular service (in this case OpenFire) that runs at startup. When it starts, it attempts to connect to a database at a given hostname. At startup time it fails to connect to that ...
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ubuntu upstart script execute a script.py program

I'm creating an upstart script to execute a python program I've written. When the service is starting I want to echo starting service - script.py... and echo the process id of the program once ...
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How do I run a Python script in the background and restart it after a crash?

I have a very simple Python script that I'd like to be always running on my Ubuntu 12.04 server. I thought of using upstart + monit. The problem is that those tools seem rather complicated for a ...
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How to diagnose Upstart errors?

I have an Upstart conf file in /etc/init which starts fine if i start it manually like this: sudo initctl start myconf If i run it without the sudo command i get the error name=(unset) error, which ...
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MySQL server Upstart script not working on boot

For some reason the Upstart script for the MySQL server isn't working when I boot my server, however it does work once the server has booted and I execute sudo start mysql manually. I'm running an ...
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How do I setup gunicorn?

Upstart doesn't like to start gunicorn because it tries to call setpgrp (see github issue), what would be the best way to start [gunicorn] on a 10.04.1 server install? - Ideally with automatic ...
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How to Debug when upstart hangs?

I have recently much trouble with services started by upstart. Currently I have problems with avahi-daemon and rsyslogd. Most of the time i had that problem on Ubuntu >= 12.04. What's the problem? If ...
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upstart init script remains on apt-get remove

I just created my first .deb file ever from a Python script. I included a package.upstart file under package/debian and all installed great. However, I noticed that apt-get remove package leaves the ...
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Starting java processes with Upstart

I want to start a java process using Upstart. Currently, on our OpenSuSE servers, I use the System V init system to achieve this, but on our Ubuntu servers I'd rather use Upstart. But I have two ...
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How should I start MongoDB on a NUMA machine?

When I first installed MongoDB 2.2.3 with apt-get, following the instructions from 10gen installation guide, it auto starts when the server starts. However, after following the instructions in ...
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upstart memcached

I've put together an upstart script for memcached based on the init.d script it ships with, as I couldn't find any examples anywhere. The problem is it's not respawning automatically when I kill the ...
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How to start jenkins?

I installed jenkins via sudo apt-get install jenkins. However, it doesn't start up. Tried to start it manually using sudo /etc/init.d/jenkins start. But it says this message when I try to start it ...
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How do I choose which way to enable/disable, start/stop, or check the status of a service?

If I want to start a system installed service, I can do: # /etc/init.d/some-svc start # initctl start some-svc # service some-svc start # start some-svc If I want to disable a service from running ...
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Python service using Upstart on Ubuntu

I want to create to deploy a heartbeat service (a python script) as a service using Upstart. My understanding is that I've to add a /etc/init/myheartbeatservice.conf with the following contents. # ...
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Upstart script and start-stop-daemon

I had an issue where making an upstart script would call the script multiple times, causing my IRCd to spawn around 8 times or so. In order to rectify this, I used start-stop-daemon: description "IRC ...
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Upstart not executing the exec function in upstart.conf

I have a completed upstart conf file loaded here: http://pastebin.com/5E7J5jEY but I'm having trouble with the upstart not executing the exec function and/or relinquishing the kernel console CLI back ...
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Upstart kill timeout not respected?

I am currently learning upstart by playing around. I think I have understood the principle now, but I am having difficulties with the "kill timeout" stanza in upstart jobs. For example, I have the ...
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Upstart tracking wrong PID of process - not respawning

I originally asked this question on StackOverflow. Then realised that this is probably a better place. I have bluepill setup to monitor my delayed_job processes. (Ruby On Rails application) Using ...
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How I can run ubuntu in chroot on Android?

I want to run fully functional Ubuntu on my Android device in chroot. But I have some trouble with upstart. In chroot "it will actually run /sbin/telinit", so how i can run upstart or replace it with ...
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Set permanent command-line options to upstart

I would like to add a command-line option, such as --default-console=none, to upstart. I believe I can just add these to the kernel invocation line and they will be passed on, is this true? If so, ...
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Upstart kills all process started by script

So I use Upstart [myscript] to start a script [A], which starts another script [B], which in turn starts some other scripts [GROUP C]. When I run stop [myscript], I encounter the unusual behavior ...
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Gnome session log getting too large

Under my user a hidden system folder .cache/upstart/ is getting insanely large - 99G. This is mainly due to a file gnome-session.log. Does anybody know what this folder is and why it may get so large? ...
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Where are Upstart log messages on Ubuntu 13.X?

On Ubuntu 12.04, I can find Upstart log messages in /var/log/syslog. Commands: # initctl log-priority info # initctl emit hello Log: Apr 1 01:56:56 precise64 kernel: [ 8365.820425] init: ...
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How can I check if upstart is installed in ubuntu server and how can I install it?

I want to install upstart to my ubuntu server 13.10, but I am confused if I need to download the source or install package. In upstart's getting started page I think they instruct to install the ...
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How can I tell upstart to restart a service when a different service is restarted?

I've an OpenERP server running on one of my servers. It's started by a traditional /etc/init.d/ script. It uses a PostgreSQL database and needs a manual restart every time PostgreSQL is restarted. ...
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Upstart conf changes do not reload after edit

After I make some changes to an upstart conf file upstart does not reload the new changes until I reboot the system start on filesystem or runlevel [23] stop on runlevel [6] respawn expect fork ...
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Does Upstart emit hooks for SysV jobs?

I want to make an Upstart job start immediately before a System V job (/etc/rc0.d/S40umountfs). I've tried specifying: start on starting umountfs but Upstart doesn't recognize the name of the ...
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How do I run a script once and only once in Upstart?

I have a script that starts on desktop-session-start. The first person who logs in graphically after a boot will have this script called. I want it called once, not every time a person logs in. How ...
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Upstart script for a transmission-daemon executed as a normal user

I have done a script to start transmission-daemon as a normal user: start on filesystem stop on runlevel [!2345] respawn respawn limit 10 5 pre-start script test -x /usr/bin/transmission-daemon ...
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Starting a service from /etc/event.d works, but not from /etc/init

I'm trying to launch an upstart service on Ubuntu 8.04 from /etc/init/, but I always get start: Unknown job: job. When I try to launch this script from /etc/event.d/ it works fine. Why would this be ...
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upstart pre-stop killed during shutdown

I'm running Ubuntu server, hosting a virtual machine using an upstart job. I've got it launching on startup, and shutting down the host on exit, but I can't seem to get it to suspend when the host ...
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Why does upstart fail to start my juju service with Unknown job: juju-ubuntu-0?

I'm having issues launching juju on an lxc container through regular juju deploy commands: juju bootstrap juju deploy ubuntu The ubuntu juju status continually says pending. The LXC starts, and I ...
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A way for an Upstart event to be sent whenever ecryptfs homedir mounted/unmounted?

I have an encrypted homedir (ecryptfs) and I'm wanting to run a private mysql daemon with the database files in my homedir. The daemon should be started whenever the homedir is mounted, and stopped ...
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Is upstart a solid replacement for anacron yet?

Upstart FAQ says: Will Upstart replace cron, atd or anacron? Yes. A planned feature for Upstart is the ability to generate events at a particular scheduled time, regular scheduled time or ...
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How to keep a graphical application running, even if it crashes?

I use Gnome Do as a launcher for most things. I have it set to run on login and for most of the time it sits in the background waiting for me to mash a keyboard shortcut. About once a week, it falls ...
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Synaptics driver doesn't load sometimes

Sometimes (randomly), the synaptics touchpad driver won't load on bootup. When reading /var/log/boot.log, i don't see anything touchpad-driver-like being started when this happens. But the file ...
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reliably restarting services using upstart or runit

I want to reliably restart my app and web server processes on crash. If I understand correctly, runit starts every service as a child process. If the child process crashes this sends a signal to the ...
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About dbus-daemon's activation parameter

I'm using Ubuntu12.04 LTS. I saw following line in /etc/init.d/dbus.conf. exec dbus-daemon --system --fork --activation=upstart And I saw the man page for dbus-daemon, and then found the ...
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Why doesn't network-manager start at boot?

I think this started happening a couple of months ago when I upgraded from 10.04 to 12.04. Whenever I reboot, network-manager does not start. I have to manually run sudo start network-manager, and ...
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How does rc job work / order of (contradicting) “start on …” and “stop on …” stanzas

I just can't understand how Upstart's rc job definition in Natty 11.04 works. To illustrate the problem, here is the definition (empty lines and comments are left out): start on runlevel [0123456] ...
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Running commands on boot in 11.10

So I am getting properly confused on how to create a startup script on my Ubuntu 11.10 server. I have read about init-scripts, upstart-jobs and more, but I get even more confused the more I read. ...
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how do you stop/restart ssh?

How do I stop/start ssh in version 11.10? I've tried /etc/init.d/ssh restart sudo service ssh restart sudo restart ssh I get errors every time... arrrr!
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Why the services do not start at installation?

I've seen this sometime now, but not finding anything in the ubuntu man about this peculiar policy-rc.d binary that prevents services from being started/restarted/stopped when called by dpkg/apt, so I ...
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What happens to manual Upstart services on shut down?

If using the manual keyword in an init or override Upstart script, it is not clear whether the services shut down process will be initiated or it will just be killed on shut down. For instance, will ...
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Why does mysql process starts on boot?

As you can see, mysql exists only in the /etc/init.d directory and not in /etc/rcN.d, therefore it shouldn't start on boot. $ sudo find /etc -regex ".*\(rc.*d\|init\.d\).*" | sudo grep "mysql" | sort ...
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How do I create a single-execution Upstart job guaranteed to complete before two other jobs begin?

How does one write an Upstart task that is guaranteed to run only once after each startup but is also guaranteed to run to completion before either one of at least two other jobs start running. I do ...