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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Auto-start Upstart User Jobs on boot

I've enabled Upstart User Jobs and configured a few jobs. These jobs can be started/stopped by the respective user and all is well. However the start on stanza doesn't seem to have effect: start on ...
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Creating a “deadman” switch using Ubuntu to shutdown EC2 instance

I've put together a simple "deadman switch" using upstart to automatically shutdown my EC2 instances after a period of time. I'm doing this to avoid the dreaded Monday morning blues when you realized ...
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upstart bittorrent sync two configs for btsync

I want to write an upstart script for BitTorrent Sync that starts btsync like "btsync --config day.conf" in the morning and restarts it with "btsync --config night.conf" at night. This way, I would be ...
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How to repair installation, accidentally deleted /sbin/initctl

I'm running Ubuntu 12.04 on a VirtualBox. I was trying to create a central log server with rsyslog. At some point I made changes to the conf file and tried to restart rsyslog, but started getting the ...
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System won't shutdown unless I stop networking init script [closed]

I speculate it's networking related since I could only shut down my system if I do /etc/init.d/networking stop first. If I tried to put the system to sleep, it disconnect the network then reconnect it ...
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Hide desktop startup screen

I am working on a hardware device running on Ubuntu. One of the most important features is good presentation - in my case not showing the OS startup screen etc. Currently I am using upstart to start ...
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Upstart job doesn't die correctly

I'm making a simple upstart daemon. Following the Upstart documentation[1] I make the conf script: description "Super Daemon" author "Bastian Baltasar Bux" start on started dbus stop on runlevel ...
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lightdm fail to start automatically after last update

I have 12.04 LTS, I don't think I installed anything extraordinary lately, (just uninstalled lxc-docker), but after last automatic update I am left with console. I can do service lightdm start and ...
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What are all the autostart locations in Ubuntu?

I'm a Ubuntu newbie in need of some advice from anyone very familiar with the different Ubuntu startup methodologies. I'm interested in enumerating all the applications that are triggered at startup ...
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Upstart job fails to respawn and hangs when tried to stop/restart it

I'm using Upstart 1.5 in Ubuntu 12.04 to manage a process created by some user but needs to be managed as system job as starting on boot, respawning if it fails and we been able to start/stop it at ...
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How can I tell inside an upstart script if the job was killed(crashed) or stopped normaly

Is there a way to know within the script if the job in question was killed(crashed) or stopped normaly. I want to kill another process in post-stop script only when the current job crashed and not ...
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Configure owner and permissions for upstart log files

When logging an upstart job with the standard console log stanza, can the resulting log files in /var/log/upstart be configured to be written with a mode or owner other than the default?
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My process is already daemonized before calling fork

I am starting process with upstart, to run as service using following command but looks like before i call the fork in main() of testservice it's already running as daemon. Any ideas what could be ...
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Correct way to install a custom upstart service

I am using upstart for services on my servers. Writing a conf file and placing it in /etc/init is easy enough, but that doesn't seem to completely install. For one, the service --status-all doesn't ...
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Systemd is installed on Ubuntu Raring?

Systemd appears to be installed in Ubuntu Raring. What does it provide that upstart doesn't provide? Why is it there? I thought Ubuntu was keeping upstart.
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Upstart: report (email, log) on respawn and failure

I would like to get an email when an upstart job fails and respawns, and when all respawns are depleted, and the job fails. How can I do that?
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Restart Upstart

I'm in the process of building a job to work in upstart, and any time I have even a typo the entire upstart breaks; not just my job. Is there any way to reload upstart without rebooting?
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Am I using upstart correctly?

I'm trying to write a startup script for my Ubuntu 12.04 desktop that pings my Netgear router every 30 seconds (this is necessary as a nasty workaround for a separate problem I'm having). I read this ...
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Command fails to execute in upstart session job

This command: mongod --fork --dbpath ../data --smallfiles --logpath ../data/mongo.log runs perfectly from terminal, while in directory /mongo/bin/ But, when I use same command and directory for ...
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Powernap daemon doesn't start with upstart

I have a problem with powernap daemon on kubuntu 13.04, which doesn't start with upstart (or with /etc/init.d/powernap start). On my other machine with ubuntu 12.04.2 LTS it starts ok. $ sudo service ...
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Upstart can't start MySQL

After an installation of MySQL, I get a few errors and I can't run the MySQL daemon. I've tried uninstalling and reinstalling several times, and I'm not sure what's going on. Here's a snippit of what ...
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Shutdown slow: unknown job s35networking [closed]

Since I've upgraded to Ubuntu 13.04 from 12.04 LTS, I get this error when I shutdown the pc: rather than invoking init scripts through /etc/init.d, use the service(8) utility service S35 ...
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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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Startup script doesn't execute at startup

I have followed the tutorial here that shows how to setup the No-ip update program to start at system startup. I have done exactly as specified here, yet the program still doesn't start. Also, when I ...
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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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Why is this laptop taking almost 1 minute to boot Ubuntu 13.04?

My dad's new HP Pavilion dv6 laptop running Ubuntu 13.04 takes almost a minute to boot up - it seems like it's hanging somewhere. Is there something I can do to easily fix it? I need some help ...
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Where is Unity startup script in rc?.d

I've been reading about runlevels and startup scripts lately, and I've learnt that runlevels 2 to 5 are the same in Ubuntu, and that Ubuntu's default runlevel is 2. What I want to do I want to ...
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Has behaviour of upstart changed in 13.04

I have an upstart conf that mounts a remote nfs at startup. Previously (in 12.10) it used start on (local-filesystems and net-device-up IFACE=eth0) in 13.04 this no longer works - I tried all ...
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apport package hook for 3rd-party package not being called

I have a proprietary package, installed via a .deb file. The package provides an upstart script which uses the respawn stanza - i.e. the executable gets restarted when it is killed, even with a ...
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initctl status autofs is stuck on stop/starting

We have an issue with Upstart not restarting the autofs job when the automount process dies, and the Upstart job status gets stuck in the "stop/starting" state. The process is not automatically ...
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Why are there start 'S' symlinks in rc0.d (shutdown) and rc6.d (reboot)?

Start 'S' symlinks in shutdown and restart runlevels? Why are there 'S00-S99' start symlinks in rc0.d and rc6.d? Ubuntu 13.04 directory listing: $ ls -l /etc/init.d/rc6.d lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root ...
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Start and stop parameters in init script

I have .conf a file in /etc/init/ with this code at the bottom: start on (started network-interface or started network-manager or started networking) stop on (stopping ...
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Upstart with a script that start and finish their own processes

I'm trying to setup in Upstart a script that launch several internal procs and kill them if is required $ listener.py -startall $ listener.py -killall I can run it with this settings: # Listener ...
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How can I inspect Upstart Job States Transitions Using log file?

I want to have a look at the states transitions using the method described here: http://upstart.ubuntu.com/cookbook/#viewing-state-transitions. This is what I do: # initctl log-priority debug # ...
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Upstart script that depends on init.d scripts?

I have an upstart script to start a custom nodejs app. The app depends on couchdb and elasticsearch. couchdb and elasticsearch provide init.d scripts for starting/stopping them. Is it possible to tell ...
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Why can't we remove bluetooth service the reguler way?

The usual way to remove services from startup scripts is to remove it from starting up in the first place (man update-rc.d). Meaning removing the symbolic link to /lib/init. In this case executing ...
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Startup script for spawn-fcgi

I would like to use spawn-fcgi to start a web.py application on system boot. Is there any facility for managing spawn-fcgi through Upstart? (Is Upstart the modern system for managing services, or ...
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Can I use a custom shell with upstart script stanza?

I'm writing a few daemons implemented in pure shell script and would like to use zsh(powerful substitutions, modules with socket/tcp handling, etc) instead of the default /bin/sh. Can I tell the ...
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How do I restart conky and nautilus whenever they crash?

Many times nautilus crashes because of various reasons. When nautilus crash, it crashes with conky. The only way to get back conky and active desktop is to start nautilus and conky from terminal. ...
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Problem sourcing variables inside Upstart

I'm trying to use the variables defined in /etc/environment in an upstart script running on 12.04. I'm able to export the variable to the child process but for some reason I not able to use them in ...
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nothing is written in a file created from a upstart job

I have a program in /home/me/bin/foo, typically compiled from : // includes ... #define PATHNAME "/home/me/bin/bar.txt" int main () { FILE* f; f = fopen(PATHNAME, "wb"); // I skip the possible ...
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Strange firefox problems when started by xinit

when I start firefox console via: xinit /usr/bin/firefox firefox is not working properly: html select elements does not work (unable to change default value) after opening local pages (I.e. ...
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Is there an ncurses tool for upstart similar to ntsysv or sysv-rc-conf?

I'd like to be able to use a terminal or console to configure runlevels. I don't need the conditions for starting and stopping services to be any more complicated than sysv. I just want to base ...
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declaring dependencies in upstart

It seems as if the accepted way to specify a dependency of service A on service B in upstart is to work in the reverse dependency direction: give service B a start on starting A stanza. I'd like to ...
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How to check if openvpn is connected in Upstart?

I need to run a script after mysql and openvpn are started (Ubuntu for ARM). I can succesfully run the script with upstart with this .conf: # my upstart for logging boot start on (starting openvpn ...
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How do I change the user Transmission runs under?

I installed Transmission through a PPA and the daemon starts on boot. I want to change the user that runs the daemon because I want the downloaded files to be under the same user as my XBMC ...
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Console prompt during boot (for truecrypt)

In short: Please provide me with a up-to-date best practice solution to mount my Truecrypt volumes at boot with secure password prompt! I may accept a answer that has nothing to do with Truecrypt and ...
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Tips on creating a upstart script

I have a few questions that I'm looking for some pointers for. Once I create my upstart .conf file, how exactly do I "install" it and activate it? How do you go about debugging the script while ...
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Is $RUN a built in command to execute?

I have a .sh script that starts a java service of mine (I didn't write this). Can someone explain how this actually executes? start() { .. .. # setup classpath . $ROOT/bin/_cp.sh ...
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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. ...