I have downloaded and installed CMAK to manage a Apache Kafka server.

Installation requires the binaries to be downloaded to a folder and then to run:


inside that folder.

This will bring cmak up manually when you run the command and will show you on the console the CMAK log.

I am connecting to the server with SSH and this way I need to keep the session open to have CMAK running. Is it possible somehow to have it run as a service? so that on server start it starts and I don't have to manually start it on request or to keep the SSH session open?

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You need to create a systemd service. Create the file /lib/systemd/system/cmak.service with the following content:




You can enable/start the service with systemctl enable cmak.service ; systemctl start cmak.service. This is just a very simple example and can/should be modified to suit your needs.

Along with the above, there are a few examples at the bottom of this documentation that will be helpful: https://www.freedesktop.org/software/systemd/man/systemd.service.html

  • it works! very good starting point. Thank you very much for your help! Commented Feb 9, 2021 at 17:20

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